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Bebo way better than Facebook according to survey

The latest Computing (opens in new tab) Which? Magazine crowned Bebo as the top performer amongst social networking websites in the UK.

The website pipped bigger competitors like Facebook and Myspace with an overall score of 79 percent, five more than second place facebook and a whopping 12 points more than Myspace.

The magazine, which represents the leading UK consumer group which, tested ten websites including Yahoo Groups, Flickr and BBC Talk - which are not stricto senso social networking websites.

Abigail Waraker, the editor of Computing Which?, said: "Social networking sites are growing in popularity and, as the success of Bebo in our test shows, sites like MySpace and Facebook can't rest on their laurels if they want to stay in the game. It's also encouraging to see that no matter what age you are or what interests you have, there is a social networking site out there for you."

Saga Zone (opens in new tab), a social networking set up for silver surfers by Saga group, got a special mention as the best site for discussion groups and best performance.

The news come after a recent survey by Ofcom, the media regulator, found out that British are the most social network savvy Europeans far ahead of continental Europe.

We spend (opens in new tab) more time on Social Networking websites than anybody else in the world, except Canada and 25 percent of the connected UK population logs on social networking websites at least 23 times per month.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.