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Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of stocks changing hands, and today that's good news for Twitter. Why? Twitter's stock is currently trading at around $52 per share, up nearly 6 percent since the opening bell, and that's after gaining 9.3 percent on Monday. Shares of Twitter hit a new high of $52.58 just a little earlier, and if the excitement doesn't wane, it could close at a new high at the end of the trading day. The sudden surge in stock price and interest in Twitter by investors is mostly the result of the microblogging service announcing a tailored ad program last Thursday. Twitter's ad program lets an advertiser target their wares and services to users who've already shown an interest... Read more...
It took five months for Vine to show up on Android devices after launching for iOS, and another five months later the 6-second video-sharing app is available for Windows Phone, too. The app will look and feel familiar to those who have already used it on other platforms, although there are some Windows Phone-only features such as the ability to pin your favorite Vine accounts to your device’s homescreen. Credit: Mashable You can shoot a quick video by tapping and holding the screen, and of course you can use either your front- or rear-facing camera. Vine for Windows Phone includes camera tools such as grid and ghost, and the app lets you check out other Vines, including looking through... Read more...
Alongside Yelp, Facebook, Groupon, and LinkedIn, the world is welcoming yet another social behemoth onto the public trading floor today. Twitter, the microblogging service that evolved from a place to tell people about what you were eating for lunch into a place where news is broken, is now a publicly traded company. It's IPO went live today, and while major banks were able to get a chunk at the ~$20 mark, the masses are already being asked to pay upwards of $45 per share under symbol TWTR. Of course, it's irresponsible to consider the numbers that insider banks get compared to the laypeople relying on eTrade and ShareBuilder to make transactions, but the raw figures put the stock up around 70%... Read more...
By the end of the week, there's a good chance Twitter will be a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Twitter's bigwigs are targeting Thursday, and barring any surprises, it will go down as the biggest tech IPO since Facebook, making several people very wealthy over night. However, it's what happens to Twitter after going public that's of interest here. Twitter recently overtook Facebook as the most popular social network among teens in terms of which one has a bigger influence on buying habits and trends. That's not to say Facebook is losing users -- it's not -- but teens are definitely adding alternative services to their growing social portfolios, starting with Twitter,... Read more...
At long last, Twitter is close to being traded on the stock market (New York Stock Exchange), and according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), owners plan to offer up 70 million shares for $17 to $20 each for its initial public offering (IPO). The company hopes to raise $1.4 billion, which is well short of Facebook's $16 billion IPO in 2012, but still the largest technology IPO since then. Outside of immediate value, there are other differences between Twitter and Facebook going public. According to Bloomberg, the biggest shareholders, including co-founder Evan Williams who owns a greater than 10 percent stake worth around $1 billion, plan to keep their shares after... Read more...
Teenagers change friends almost as often as some of us change our underwear. Any parent who has ever raised one or is currently trying to understand their teen knows this as well as anyone and have seen first hand how a best friend one moment can become a bitter enemy the next. These fickle beings also change their clothing style multiple times during their four-year high school career, but it doesn't stop there. Social networks are part of the roller coaster ride of popularity, too. Piper Jaffray just completed its 26th semi-annual "Taking Stock with Teens" market research project and one of the things the firm found was that the "popularity of Facebook is waning" among this text-happy group,... Read more...
The mechanics that Twitter's 'Direct Message' system has been using since launch fall into the category of 'love-it-or-hate-it'. The reason for that is that in order to receive a message from a follower, you must be following them. The problem here is obvious: You might not want to 'friend farm'; or, you may simply wish to keep your 'following' list clean so you only see posts on the site that you consider to be relevant. But picture a scenario where you're a legitimate user needing to get in touch with someone on the service - privately. The only way to ping them if they're not following you is to give them an @Username shout - hardly ideal when your intent is a private conversation. Another... Read more...
Twitter has filed paperwork for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and there are some staggering numbers for potential investors to consider. The ones Twitter hopes they'll focus on the most are the figures detailing its revenue growth over the past few years. For example, Twitter's revenue in 2012 was $316.9 million, triple the amount from a year prior. And in the first half of 2013, Twitter posted revenue of $253.6 million. Pretty gnarly, right? Well, the flip side is that all that revenue is still adding up to a net loss. Despite pulling in $253.6 million so far this year, Twitter posted a loss of $69.3 million. Twitter is hoping potential investors will ignore the losses and focus on its ability... Read more...
When confronted with something that is both massive in scale and completely quantifiable, it does something to your brain. That “something” is hard to explain, but we feel it when we look at The Faces Of Facebook, which is a web page--a single web page--that contains the thumbnail images of all 1.2 billion (and counting) Facebook users. The work of “creative technologist” Natalia Rojas, the site keeps a running tally of all the world’s Facebook users in chronological order, which is a number that trends upward by the second on the social network. When you drag your cursor across the page, a pop-up tells you which Facebook image number (or FACE #) you’re about... Read more...
Another week, another tech-related IPO. While Facebook's stock has been on a long, mostly downward ride since its IPO, it recently surged past its initial offering price. Soon after, its archrival in the social networking space has decided to pull the trigger as well. Recently valued at over $10 billion, Twitter has announced today that it has filed paperwork for an IPO, and if all goes well, it'll be traded on the public market in the near future. Goldman Sachs is backing the IPO, and it's pretty clear that this company is going to be a hot one once it goes up for sale. Twitter team shortly after the IPO announcement. Twitter began as a niche service that only nerds would think of using, and... Read more...
Want to surround yourself with sarcastic people with rapier wits and a general disdain for corporate culture? All you have to do is hop online. Better yet, head over to Twitter and witness the Weird Twitter phenomenon. For the uninitiated, Weird Twitter is a loosely connected group of Twitter users who play with grammar in sometimes odd ways to gain a few laughs. Or, in some cases, to rage against the corporate machine, as they're doing now. You may have noticed there are "promoted" tweets, or ads, in your Twitter feed. They target you with a brand or service, sometimes asking you to retweet and/or spread the word, creating a win-win situation for businesses and Twitter, but not necessarily for... Read more...
As any job seeker can attest, finding work isn't always easy. However, if you have an engineering background, Twitter may be interested in your services. In fact, the microblogging service is looking to hire almost 90 engineers of various types at its San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Seattle, Sunnyvale, and Dublin locations, with jobs ranging from writing code for Vine to tweaking Linux performance, and everything in between. In addition to a bevy of engineers, a handful of job openings at Twitter seem to suggest it's prepping itself for an IPO. Among the job listings are positions for "Stock Administration" and "Senior Manager for Accounting Operations." One of the minimum qualifications... Read more...
If you believe everything that took place in the docudrama The Social Network, then Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was originally opposed to the idea of implementing ads into his social network, claiming they're not cool. Today, Facebook has ads, supposedly targeted ones, though we often we run into sponsored posts that have nothing to do with our interests. Whatever, that's a topic for another time. At issue here is what to do with those ads. Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is now a regular Facebook user. So are his co-workers, which is why he had to learn to embrace the world's largest social playground rather than feel "overwhelmed" by it like he did in the beginning. And after learning... Read more...
If you're an avid Twitter user, you're probably aware that a few kinks still exist in the system. In terms of apps, one is particularly glaring: Direct Messages that are opened and replied to on one device look as if they're unread on another device. As of today, that's changing. The company has updated seven of its apps (BlackBerry and Windows Phone excepted), with Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, twitter.com, mobile.twitter.com and TweetDeck being refreshed to support DM syncing. For all of these platforms, you’ll now be able to sync direct messages (DM) across all your devices and Twitter accounts. When you read a DM on your Android phone or iPhone, it will be marked as read in your browser,... Read more...
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