Thursday, September 30, 2010

Twitter passes MySpace for third among social networking sites

Twitter has passed MySpace, in terms unique visitors to become the No. 3 social networking-type service in the world, according to new data from market research firm comScore. Meanwhile, both sites are still dwarfed by No. 1 and No. 2, Facebook and Microsoft’s Windows Live.

The trends are bad for MySpace, which long ago lost its crown to Facebook, in early 2008, and has been sinking since. Facebook reached 598 million monthly uniques in the August 2010, up 54 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, Windows Live had 140 million unique visitors.

Twitter snuck past MySpace, with nearly 96 million unique visitors in August, up 76 percent from the same period last year. MySpace, however, dropped 17 percent year-over-year, to 95 million unique visitors in August 2010.

It was actually invitable that Twitter pass MySpace, as the trends were heading in that direction for some time. Asked by the Wall Street Journal for comment, Rosabel Tao, a MySpace spokeswoman, said,
“Any comparisons between MySpace and other Internet services are irrelevant as MySpace’s mix of offerings is uniquely different and specifically focused on audiences under the age of 35."
Meanwhile, Carolyn Penner, a Twitter spokeswoman, said in a statement:
“While we generally don’t comment on third-party statistics, the growth measured by others doesn’t surprise us. We’re seeing 370,000 new accounts a day.”
In other words, yea baby!



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