Guardian and Telegraph beat MailOnline on Twitter in 2014

Stories from The Guardian and Daily Telegraph generated more comment and sharing on Twitter in 2014 than all other newsbrands, including the largest site MailOnline, according to a new study.

You Must Love Dogs Dating: Daily Mail's story about the site was tweeted nearly 77,000 times
You Must Love Dogs Dating: Daily Mail's story about the site was tweeted nearly 77,000 times

The reserach by Searchmetrics, the global search experience optimisation platform, analysed the number of tweets per week generated by content on 11 leading UK newspaper websites.

The Guardian website came out on top, generating an average 392,358 tweets per week.

The Daily Telegraph took second place with 307,690 tweets per week, followed by the Daily Mail, which racked up 237,381 tweets per week, on average.

The most tweeted online newspaper article of 2014 came courtesy of the Daily Mail. The story about a YouTube TV show that teaches dog-owners how to make homemade pet food was tweeted nearly 77,000 times.

Most popular UK newspaper websites on Twitter

  1. The Guardian, 392,358 tweets per week
  2. The Daily Telegraph, 307,690 tweets per week
  3. Daily Mail, 237,381 tweets per week
  4. Independent, 214,868 tweets per week
  5. The Mirror, 113,194 tweets per week
  6. Financial Times, 61,065 tweets per week
  7. Daily Express, 24,165 tweets per week
  8. Daily Record, 11,107 tweets per week
  9. The Times, 8,772 tweets per week
  10. Daily Star, 6,556 tweets per week
  11. The Sun, 3,531 tweets per week

Most frequently tweeted newspaper website stories of 2014

  1. Daily Mail, Paw-fect recipes for your pet's plate. The cooking show that teaches dog owners how to prepare homemade treats for their four-legged friends,
    76,752 tweets
  2. Daily Mail, Jack the Ripper unmasked. How amateur sleuth used DNA breakthrough to identify Britain's most notorious criminal 126 years after string of terrible murders,
    37,192 tweets
  3. The Daily Telegraph, Revealed: the Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces,
    23,830 tweets
  4. The Mirror, Devoted dad makes best Halloween costume ever for his disabled son,
    21,584 tweets
  5. The Guardian, Turkish women defy deputy PM with laughter,
    20,762 tweets
  6. The Independent, Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio police,
    20,629 tweets
  7. The Independent, Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove "stupid" sign suggesting superheroes are "for boys",
    20,377 tweets
  8. Daily Mail, 36 now feared dead in Japanese volcano disaster,
    19,611 tweets
  9. The Mirror, Fury as Tory party donors are handed NHS contracts worth £1.5bn under health reforms,
    18,041 tweets
  10. The Sun, Heaven 'n Ell Revealed: The stunner in Heyman's corner,
    17,852 tweets

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