Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Twitter in UK newspapers - micro-blogging hits the mainstream

Twitter is everywhere in UK newspapers at the moment - even hitting the front page of the Financial Times!

Celebrity Twitter usage is driving coverage, with most stories featuring Stephen Fry, John Cleese and Britney Spears, whilst Jonathan Ross' tweets have proved irksome to the mainstream media who seem to think he is poking fun at them from afar (under the user name 'Wossy' the BBC's suspended Jonathan Ross detailed himself as 'resting'.) Other newspapers have covered different Twitter stories - the FT discussing corporate tweeting and Metro covering both Twitter phishing and Twitter Gaza coverage this morning.

Jonathan Ross 'having fun on suspension' - Daily Telegraph report based on Jonathan Ross' Twitter account

Telegraph report on 'the good, the bad and the illiterate'
(click for larger image, full story here)

Mail on Sunday 'the mundanity of most Twitters' - full story here

Metro report Twitter phishing attack (here)

Rick Lamb has written more about celebrity Twitter usage and with this much mainstream news coverage it was no surprise to see the Fail Whale make a re-appearance this morning! In 2007 / 2008 random Facebook stories filled UK news pages, if the volume of Twitter coverage continues then 2009 UK Twitter usage may even surpass the enormous UK growth seen in 2008:

In July 2008 Robin Goad from Hitwise reported that UK internet visits to Twitter had grown 631% in 12 months and on 24th Dec www.twitter.com/Hitwise_UK stated that Twitter had become the 129th most visited website in the UK.

Everything points to Twitter being the social network story of 2009!

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Janet Exxon and Tony Benn - protecting your brand identity on Twitter
Britney Spears on Twitter - and following me!
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