Nielsen/NetRatings Ranks Bebo the Top Social Networking Site in the U.K.

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Record 1.5 million U.K. students visit Bebo in December, surpassing MySpace for the first time.

Bebo, the next generation high school and college social network, today announced that its site ranked as the largest social networking site* in the U.K. in December, according to the latest report by Nielsen/NetRatings, a leading Internet research firm. With 1.5 million unique visitors, Bebo surpassed MySpace for the first time.

“In just seven months, Bebo has grown to become the most popular social networking site for students in the U.K., and we are rapidly gaining ground in Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand,” said Michael Birch, Bebo co-founder and chief executive officer. “After meeting my wife in London while she was studying abroad, we started Bebo as a way to bridge the gap between students like us who shared friends and family ties in both the U.K. and U.S. Communication and interactivity are obviously key features for our members today, and we are moving rapidly to deliver the products and services they need to connect, learn more about each other, express themselves and keep in touch.”

With more than 22 million registered Beboers worldwide, the social network enables students to stay in touch with their friends and family, find long lost friends and meet new people. Earlier this month, the company announced a partnership with Skype to deliver free instant messaging (IM), voice and video calling services. In addition, members enjoy a variety of fun and helpful online applications that make it easy to remember birthdays, share photos & videos, blog, Bebo mail, discover new music and other interests and just hang out.

About Bebo

Bebo is the next generation social network that enables high school and college students to stay in touch with their friends, find long lost friends and meet new people. Officially launched in July 2005, in just seven months, the social network has more than 22 million registered members viewing over 850 million monthly page views. The privately-held company is operated by an experienced management team in San Francisco, Calif. The CEO and founder launched one of the first social networking sites,, which he later sold to Tickle (now part of Monster), and Bebo was recently joined by the former head of business development at Friendster. In addition, the Bebo team runs another word of mouth marketing site,, which has 40 million members. For more information, visit or email

*Note to Editors: Bebo ranked number three in the Nielsen//NetRatings Member Communities category. Networking sites Friends Reunited and Blogger ranked one and two in that category for December 2005 (NetView), with Bebo as the top Social Networking site at number three. Two sites in the Top 10 "Social Networking & Community Brands" came from the genealogy category (Genes Reunited &

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