Is Twitter Flickering Out? The Network Is Losing New Members by the Boatload

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Those
who Twitter are usually quitters according to a company that measures
internet traffic.

The social
networking site became a sensation overnight after it was praised
by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Fry.

Audience figures
shot up to seven million unique visitors this February compared
to 475,000 the same month a year ago.

But research
company Nielsen Online revealed that 60 per cent of users stop using
the free website just a month after joining it.

‘There simply
aren’t enough new users to make up for defecting ones after a certain
point,’ Nielsen’s David Martin said.

In contrast
the more established Facebook and MySpace manage to keep 70 per
cent of their fans.

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May
9, 2009

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