Hitwise: Twitter Taking Off In The UK

    July 16, 2008

Twitter may be associated with itty bitty messages and terrible reliability, but somehow, it’s managed to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  New data shows that Twitter is actually quite popular in the UK.

"Twitter is more popular with Brits than Americans: last week the site’s share of UK Internet visits was 70% higher its share of visits in America," writes Hitwise’s Robin Goad.

Twitter Graph
 Twitter’s Impressive Rise (Photo Credit: Hitwise)

It doesn’t look like Twitter’s overseas success is anywhere near peaking, either, as he continues, "UK Internet visits to www.twitter.com have increased by 631% over the last 12 months, with 485% of that growth coming this year."

The odd thing about Goad’s discoveries is that Twitter hasn’t done much to court a British audience; the site twitter.co.uk even redirects to some place hawking "Accessible Computer Software" instead of the micro-blogging service.

Still, Twitter’s success in the UK is all the more impressive since little to no effort seems to have gone into it.  And should the company ever decide to concentrate on expanding, fans and investors should be happy to hear that quadruple-digit growth is entirely within reach.