UK User Generated Content Sites Growing Fast, Engaging More

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UK User Generated Content Sites Growing Fast, Engaging More

A recent analysis, by comScore World Metrix, of UK Internet users' activity at user-generated content sites (UGC) showed significant traffic growth. Wikipedia was up 253 percent versus year ago, MySpace.com, up 467 percent, and Piczo.com, up 393 percent.

Bob Ivins, managing director of comScore Europe, said "Many of the sites experiencing the fastest growth today are the ones that understand their audience's need for expression and have made it easy for them to share pictures, upload music and video, and provide their own commentary, thus stimulating others to do the same. It is the classic network effect at work."

Selected UK Internet Properties Featuring User-Generated Content (Total UK - Home and Work Locations)

Rank (vs. Top UK Properties)

Unique Visitors (000)

% Change

Jul-05

Jul-06

Jul-05

Jul-06

Wikipedia Sites

78

16

1,852

6,545

253

MySpace.com

89

27

913

5,173

467

Piczo.com

91

43

820

4,049

393

YouTube.com

N/A

47

N/A

3,918

N/A

Bebo.com

90

48

912

3,902

328

Source: comScore Media Metrix

*eBay is excluded from list of user-generated content sites because it is primarily a retail site.

Collectively, the leading UGC sites draw more frequent visits than non-UGC sites (4.2 vs. 3.5 average usage days per month), longer periods of engagement (79.9 vs. 33.2 average minutes per visitor), and more pages viewed (217 vs. 52 average pages per visitor).

Users of the top social networking sites demonstrate particularly high levels of engagement, with visitors to MySpace.com and Bebo.com averaging at least 5 usage days, 2 hours of use, and 300 pages viewed per visitor during July.

Engagement Among User-Generated Content (UGC) Sites vs. Non User (July 2006 - Total UK Locations)

Average Usage Days per Visitor

Average Minutes per Visitor

Average Pages per Visitor

Average of select UGC sites

4.2

79.9

217

Wikipedia Sites

2.0

10.1

13

MySpace.com

5.4

122.7

333

Piczo.com

4.8

60.9

238

YouTube.com

2.9

60.9

70

Bebo.com

5.6

145.0

428

Average of non-UGC sites among top 50

3.5

33.2

52

Source: comScore Media Metrix

"... it is clear that UGC sites - and in particular social networking sites - represent potentially fertile ground for advertisers and marketers," continued Mr. Ivins. "... The challenge... is to determine effective ways to integrate (key messages) while maintaining a positive user experience."

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