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.
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?
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