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This article was published on October 14, 2009

Tweetmeme takes in half of 3rd-party Twitter traffic

Tweetmeme takes in half of 3rd-party Twitter traffic
Nicolas Mertens

twitterreportWith this new monthly series we’ll provide you with the ins and outs of the twitter-third-party-scene. Who is scoring best? Who are the newcomers? Who are the losers?

The 3rd party Arena has proven to be a very tough environment to survive in. Our list has no mercy and sweeps out any party that isn’t original or the best at what it does. We count traffic and if you don’t have enough, you disappear below the fold.

With around 130 competitors let’s see who who survived another twitter month:

The arena has grown more vicious: monthly traffic rose with 17,13% (5,498,982) from 32,102,837 to 37,601,810 accumulated uniques.

Tweetmeme is placed firmly in the first place and even grew from 44,39% to an amazing 48,52% of the total traffic.

Moving up in the ranks:! It rises 44 places and enters the top 10 with a growth of 1722%.

It is closely followed by on the 37th place with 605,22% in growth. is the biggest loser this month. It dropped 87% to 3,591 uniques a month. Get back up! kicked out from the top 5, with a spectacular growth of 557,88%. (disclosure: we are involved with grew from a mere 159,825 uniques to more than 1 million uniques within one month.

Also for the first time since twitter history the top 5 consists only of services with more than 1 million unique visitors per month:twitterstats-sept

We have 5 newcomers in the Top 25:,,, and

We’ve also noticed that all of the picture sharing sites have dropped in visitors counts. Twitpic, Yfrog and Mobypicture all lost traffic. Is this a temporary phenomena or is there something fundamentaly wrong with picture sharing on twitter?

These numbers are based on the results of We are aware of the fact that these numbers are not always 100% accurate. If you have ideas or suggestions on how to improve this series or for services that are missing please tweet me @nicolasmertens