Twitter's public offering comes at a time of heightened investor interest in IPO market: 131 IPOs so far in 2013:
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
Here are some quick facts about Twitter
in 140 characters or less, the limit of
Twitter We've confidentially
submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a
-- #FunFact: In the first hour of
Twitter sending that IPO
announcement tweet, 7,872 people
retweeted the message.
-- According to
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,
-- First tweet by
Jack was "just setting
up my twttr" on March 21, 2006, at 3:50
-- Dorsey went on to create Square, a
system for paying for coffee, goods
-- 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
-- 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
-- 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
$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
-- Sometimes even missing zoo animals
get their own Twitter accounts. And they
can be funny. Just read
-- 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