Yesterday, at roughly 2pm EST, the U.S. Justice Department shut down Megaupload, the popular Storage and Back-Up Service which accounts for roughly 1% of total traffic on fixed access networks in North America. Also involved in the shutdown were Megaupload’s affiliate sites, which included MegaVideo, MegaPix, MegaLive, and MegaBox.
Our Global Internet Phenomena Report, which has followed the growth of the service in recent years, confirms that Megaupload was the most popular Storage and Back-Up Service in almost every region.
The table below shows the combined usage of Megaupload and MegaVideo on fixed access networks in several regions from our Fall 2011 study:
What will happen now that Megaupload has been taken down? The most likely scenario is that users will switch to other Storage and Back-Up Services and video sites, causing new category leaders to emerge. Currently the second most popular Storage and Back-up Service varies by region, but some of the top contenders to replace Megaupload are Rapidshare, zShare, Hotfile, and MediaFire.
As always, we will observe and report on the continued evolution of Internet traffic in future Global Internet Phenomena reports.