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Twitter Grew Just 2% In The Last 6 Months (Instagram +23%, Facebook -3%) [STATS]

Twitter Grew Just 2% In The Last 6 Months (Instagram +23%, Facebook -3%) [STATS]

When Twitter filed its Form S-1 registration in October of last year, which contained all of the company’s key data going into the November IPO, its user numbers seemed a little soft. Many analysts and pundits (including myself) thought Twitter’s active user base would be in the region of 250-300 million. The actual number? 218 million, a pittance compared to its great rival, Facebook.

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Twitter Traffic Just +0.08% For March, Facebook +3.28%, LinkedIn +3.76%, Friendfeed -4.05%

This is a monthly series that looks at visitor data for all the major social networks as calculated by Compete is USA-biased, and certainly in the case of Twitter the visitor numbers are distorted by the openness of Twitter’s API and the numerous Twitter software clients, but on a like-for-like basis the numerics have value and warrant investigation. Please refer to previous installments in this series for a more detailed overview.

After February’s -9.63% dip, Twitter rebounded just +0.08% for March, registering 21,287,217 unique visits, and 161,903,421 overall.

Twitter Traffic Just +0.08% For March. Facebook +3.28%, LinkedIn +3.76%, Friendfeed -4.05%

The latter figure is up some 12.47%, which is encouraging, but a little strange. It would appear that while new users are possibly cooling to the platform (many people move on the more feature-packed clients after a period of time on the network, but everybody starts on, existing members are using in greater numbers. This, of course, is ideal for Twitter, but the continuing plateau in new registrations remains a source of some concern.

Moreover, it confirms that last month’s decline was not an aberration caused simply because of a shortened month. For some reason, since the January highs traffic to has fallen over 10 per cent, and stayed that way. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next few months.

Facebook, which also fell in February, added another +3.28% uniques to 132,040,907, and 3,046,062,608 overall (+8.76%), just short of the peaks we saw in January of this year.

Twitter Traffic Just +0.08% For March. Facebook +3.28%, LinkedIn +3.76%, Friendfeed -4.05%

LinkedIn and MySpace also rallied, up +3.76% (14,725,669) and +6.25% (47,582,253) respectively.

Meanwhile, last month’s Friendfeed rebound appears to have been an error from Compete. In March, the network dropped -4.05% to just 467,946 unique visitors, which is a new low.

Twitter Growth Just +1.27% For August; Facebook Down -0.37%; Friendfeed +13.75%

Last month we reported that the flat (or negative) June-to-July numbers seen across almost all social network sites was perhaps indicative of a lull within the industry as a whole, and for aficionados the August data makes for grim reading.

Twitter gained just 1.27% month-on-month between July and August 2009, registering 23,579,044 unique visits (reports

Twitter Growth Just +1.27% For August; Facebook Down -0.37%

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Meanwhile, Facebook dipped 0.27% to a still heady 122,220,617 uniques. When was the last time Facebook lost ground month to month? Has it ever?

On the other side of the table, new Facebook purchase Friendfeed gained a massive 13.75%, moving above the one million unique mark for just the third time in its history, likely because of all the new attention. It will be interesting to see if Friendfeed can continue this upward momentum from here, and even if it does whether that in any way guarantees the future of the highly-regarded aggregator.

LinkedIn also continued its recent advance, adding 8.19% uniques (14,241,651).

MySpace fell 6.73% (55,599,585 uniques), and looks to be on the verge of a major decline.