Twitter's public offering comes at a time of heightened investor interest in IPO market: 131 IPOs so far in 2013:

13.09.2013 18:24

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter has
redefined the way we communicate, get
news and share tidbits of our lives. It
has even been credited with starting a
revolution or two. The company, based
in San Francisco, announced Thursday
that it intends to sell stock to the public
for the first time. Naturally, it did it via
a tweet.
Here are some quick facts about Twitter
in 140 characters or less, the limit of
-- MT Twitter We've confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. -- #FunFact: In the first hour of Twitter sending that IPO
announcement tweet, 7,872 people
retweeted the message.
-- According to APStylebook: "The verb is to tweet, tweeted. A Twitter message is known as a tweet." -- The company was founded 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams. Their handles: Jack, Biz and Ev
-- First tweet by Jack was "just setting up my twttr" on March 21, 2006, at 3:50 p.m. -- Dorsey went on to create Square, a
system for paying for coffee, goods
through phones.
-- Twitter soared to popularity in 2007
at the South By Southwest Interactive
festival in Austin, Texas. #sxswinteractive #Austin #BBQ
-- Three years, two months and one
day: The time it took from the first
tweet to the billionth tweet. #CoolStat
-- Users on Twitter: More than 200 million. Facebook has 1.16 billion.
That's nearly six times as many. #QuickMath
-- A billion tweets are sent every two
and a half days. Put another way, that's
three for every man, woman and child
in the U.S. via smfrogers -- The public offering comes at a time of heightened investor interest in the IPO market -- 131 IPOs have priced so far this year. -- Is Twitter trying to avoid
Facebook's May 2012 IPO #fail? Well, company is keeping details secret for now. #TwitterIPO -- The company hasn't said if it makes a profit or how much revenue it takes in. #FadOrFuture? Wonder if WarrenBuffett will buy stock.
-- Most of Twitter's revenue comes from
advertising. eMarketer estimates $582.8 million this year, up from $288.3 million in 2012. -- Compare: In latest quarter, Facebook had $1.6 billion in ad revenue. By 2015, Twitter's annual ad revenue is expected to hit $1.3 billion. -- 2013 #Superbowl performance by Beyonce had 268 million tweets per
minute, more than any other event in
past two years.
-- Not everybody on Twitter is who they claim to be. United Airlines CEO
Jeff Smisek has to put up with
FakeUnitedJeff -- Sometimes even missing zoo animals get their own Twitter accounts. And they can be funny. Just read BronxZoosCobra
-- Trying to find #Religion? More than
500,000 people look no further than
Jesus who describes himself in Twitter as "Carpenter, Healer, God." -- But 2.2 million #HarryPotter fans follow Lord_Voldemort7, The Dark