Twitter is a real-time online social networking platform that allows users to post messages of up to 140 characters as well as photographs and links to other websites. These are known as tweets. It was founded in 2006 by Jack Dorsey. As of 2012 it reported over 500 million active users generating over 340 million tweets daily, making it one of the world's most visited websites.
Twitter has been largely shut down in Turkey, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “wipe out” the social network which, along with others, was highlighting corruption allegations against his inner circle.Saturday, 22 March, 2014, 12:09am
Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo will meet Shanghai municipal government officials, academics and students in his first visit to China, signalling Twitter's interest in cracking a lucrative but thorny market with 600 million internet users.18 Mar 2014 - 1:11am
Twitter reported its slowest pace of user growth in recent history, dimming hopes the social media phenomenon can sustain its torrid pace of expansion and wiping out nearly a fifth of the company's value in after-hours trading.7 Feb 2014 - 2:00am
Legal and media scholars have praised the judiciary’s decision to allow live text-based communication from court – paving the way for journalists and members of the public to tweet and send e-mail messages.29 Jan 2014 - 12:31pm 1 comment
Apple has acquired social media search and analytics start-up Topsy, an unusual purchase for a hardware-focused company that has made few forays into social networking.4 Dec 2013 - 6:28am
Twitter's red-hot stock offering last week makes clear that, as in the first internet bubble, investors will pay up for a company even if it has not turned a profit.11 Nov 2013 - 7:01am
When Twitter’s successful IPO made newspaper headlines all over China on Friday, many said they were shocked by the exceptional performance of a website that “never existed” in their world.12 Nov 2013 - 4:55pm
Twitter made a spectacular Wall Street debut on Thursday but analysts warned of challenges ahead for the popular messaging service vying to become the next fixture for internet users worldwide.8 Nov 2013 - 11:10am
Twitter stock soared 92 per cent in their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange as investors snapped up shares in the microblogging site, pushing its market value to a heady US$25 billion.8 Nov 2013 - 1:58am
They loved it. Now they hate it.
A growing number of celebrities, athletes and self-promoters are burnt out and signing off Twitter.
Some people built big audiences on the short messaging service only to have their followers turn against them. Others complain that tweets that once drew lots of attention now get lost in the noise.8 Nov 2013 - 9:52am
Twitter boosted its IPO price on Monday to US$23 to US$25 a share, which would give the microblogging service a market capitalisation of US$13.6 billion at the top end of the range. That would value the company at 11.8 times its estimated 2014 sales, higher than the 11.4 times price-sales ratio for Facebook.6 Nov 2013 - 5:37am
Twitter seems to be avoiding Facebook’s overreach - so far. The microblogging site’s provisional pricing for its initial public offering is US$17 to US$20 a share. Calculations suggest that’s modest by the metrics available, though without profit these require a leap of faith. At least Twitter seems to be avoiding the premature heights of Facebook’s flawed debut last year.26 Oct 2013 - 2:04pm
Twitter's US$10.9 billion initial public offering valuation is as economical as its 140-character tweets.26 Oct 2013 - 2:55am
A senior White House official who was helping negotiate nuclear issues with Iran has been fired after being unmasked as the acidic voice behind a Twitter account known for its insults of public figures at the White House and on Capitol Hill, a government official said on Tuesday.24 Oct 2013 - 5:04am
When a company goes public, it must tell shareholders how it plans to govern itself. The new owners are promised a piece of the profits and a say in how the company is run. The standard arrangement for apportioning control is "one share, one vote". That is a good, tried-and-tested design, but it seems to be going out of fashion.22 Oct 2013 - 3:27am