Posted September 1, 2009 11:52 am by with 7 comments

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Twitter iconTwitter, media sweetheart and microblogging service extraordinaire, has another coup to add to its list: they’ve now beat out MySpace in terms of most visits in the UK.

Remember MySpace? The overhyped media sweetheart before Twitter and Facebook? Hitwise UK reports that Twitter is now the 27th most visited website in the UK. This is a complete, stunning, and utter defeat to MySpace, coming in at a distant 28th šŸ˜‰ . However, the traffic trends over time look pretty alarming:

myspaceHowever, Twitter is not the most popular social site in the UK. That honor belongs to the reigning champ, Facebook. YouTube was #2, Bebo came in at #3, and then Twitter and MySpace.

Meanwhile, Twitter may already be on the decline as far as media coverage goes. (Then again, being featured on 60 Minutes—heck, having 60 Minutes as a member—is probably a sign you’ve jumped the hype shark.)

What do you think? How long until Twitter takes out Bebo, YouTube and Facebook? Or will its limited utility limit its growth (someday)?

  • I think Twitter may be able to compete with Bebo, but YouTube and Facebook? They’re practically British institutions! Time will tell with Twitter, it still hasn’t reached the cult status of facebook and youtube, but it has great potential
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    I get the impression that adults here in the UK use Facebook, teens are fans of Bebo and MySpace is an afterthought.

  • I use both and I see Twitter replacing Facebook, it’s easy to to navigate and update, link to and promote anything
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  • I don’t see Twitter displacing youtube or facebook, ever. It is great for posting and whatnot but facebook has much more to draw fans such as games and applications, while youtube is such a great time killer. Who doesn’t want to spend hours watching videos?

  • Ohw…MySpace is an overhyped media sweetheart. So, what about Twitter?

    I pray you stay back to tell us the story of this overhyped babble machine 2 years down the line..
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  • Myspace’s biggest competitor is surely Facebook, I’m not sure Twitter is really direct competition for either. Twitter has a degree of openness about it which means it can never really be used to form the more intimate networks seen on places like Facebook.

    But there is no doubt that myspace’s popularity has been hit hard by the rise of Facebook, I think most people agree that it is a lot better at what it does. And I think people will also begin to look at building their own site rather than hosting via myspace, especially as people begin to understand how easy it is and also the advantages of being in control.
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  • No one really uses MySpace in my age group (40+) and I just checked with my 15 and 21 year old daughters and they don’t use it either. Defo Facebook is the one that everyone in the UK seems to be using and Twitter? Well, I think the novelty is already starting to wear off…
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