Will You Be Buying Shares In Twitter? [We Ask You]

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In the months that followed the Facebook IPO in 2012, the social network’s Initial Public Offering was widely considered a bit of a disaster. This view was justified in the short term, with an inflated valuation, delays in trading, and the price tanking for several months afterwards. But times have changed.

At the time of writing, Facebook’s share price is significantly higher than what it was at the time of the IPO, and the future looks bright for Mark Zuckerberg and co. Which is an interesting backdrop to what is happening at Twitter right now, with the rival social network preparing to go public.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, Will You Be Buying Shares In Twitter? This is, in its most basic form, a very simple question that can be answered with a simple Yes or No, but that’s not how we do things around here. We want to delve a little deeper and find out why you are or are not planning to buy Twitter stock when it floats on the stock market in the coming months.

Twitter is a much smaller company than Facebook, with the former boasting only a fraction of the revenue, income, and userbase of the latter. This is reflected in the IPO numbers, with shares likely to cost around $30 apiece, raising around $1.5 billion to give the company a valuation of under $20 billion. Facebook, on the other hand, raised $16 billion to be valued at around $100 billion overall.

So, the Twitter IPO is a less momentous event, but still intriguing for those of us interested in the fate of tech companies. If you’re in a fortunate enough position to be able to consider buying some shares in Twitter then we want to hear from you. And even if you aren’t one of the fortunate few we’d still love to find out your thoughts on the subject.

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Are you actively excited at the prospect of buying shares during the Twitter IPO? If so, are you excited because you’re a fan of Twitter and/or technology stocks in general? Do you hope to make money in the short term or are you in it for the longterm?

Are you going to avoid buying Twitter stock for a specific reason? Do you think this is another sign of the bubble that Silicon Valley and the wider tech community is currently powering? Do you see Twitter having a healthy future full of growth and revenue?

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail the We Ask You Results. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and a T-shirt chosen from those available through MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

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Comments (15)
  • Jerry Low

    Not something that I would hold on to for long term investment. But why not when the hype is on like now – maybe I’ll just buy a small sum to ride on the wave.

    • Dave P

      You think it’s going to climb in the short-term but not long-term then? Why so?

  • Trevor

    Absolutely not. Not just Twitter, any offering of this nature

    • Dave P

      Any technology stock or specifically Internet stock, social media stock, what?

  • Aibek

    I would buy some (if the price is right) just to resell it in a couple of months time. Ultimately it depends on the offering price and the first week of trading.

    • Dave P

      You think it’s a good short-term stock option then, Aibek? Do you own Facebook stock? If so, can I have some? ;)

    • Aibek E

      Hey Dave)

      To be honest I don’t think it’s a good stock in general (for long term investment) but I am pretty sure that a lot of people are going to be trading it. I suspect it will start trading high and will be dropping the first few weeks/months just like Facebook did. I would probably buy it if that happens and sell it when it rebounds 25-30% ).

    • Dave P

      Ah, got you. If it goes the same way as the Facebook IPO then that would suggest a trend for social networking stock.

  • John

    I suppose I will be investing in it indirectly, through my retirement plan’s Science and Technology fund. If I dabbled in the stock market directly, I would rather buy some Microsoft stock, on the off chance that Mullaly replaces Ballmer next year.

    • dragonmouth

      Cisco and Qualcomm are a better investment. Mr. Softee has been trading in the $25-$35 range since the dot.com bubble burst. That’s about 13 years now. It has not been a growth stock in a long time. It is not a value stock, either. It is a stale stock that needs awful lot of mojo. But it is a good place to park your money. You won’t make much but you won’t lose much either.

    • Dave P

      As dragonmouth points out, Microsoft is a stale stock. You’re unlikely to make a killing unless something unexpected happens in the near-future. Twitter is risky, but the rewards are potentially much greater.

  • Neil Ferree

    The smart money got in years ago. Smart money like Bezos and guys like him with vision, so yeah, 140 character social site that can monetize a Tweet a million times a minute is a good model to make money with.

    • Dave P

      It SHOULD be able to make money but it’s struggling at the moment. You think the horse has bolted now then, and it’s too late to invest?

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