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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 IPO marks end, beginning in social media era

Twitter is the only remaining major social network player up for grabs. Photo: AFP

Is Twitter’s stock offering the end of the social media era, or just the beginning?

While Twitter appears to have carved out its niche in the social Internet, a big question now is how much growth and innovation remains in the space.

Tuesday, 17 September, 2013, 2:22pm

How freewheeling Twitter became a money-spinning juggernaut

Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo is widely credited with helping to focus the company on the bottom line and preparing it for an initial public offering. Photo: EPA

Around midnight on Christmas Eve of 2009, a handful of employees at Twitter received an unconventional holiday greeting from Dick Costolo, then the chief operating officer.

17 Sep 2013 - 11:55am

Saudi prince to hold Twitter stake, sees IPO by early 2014

Microblogging service Twitter is expected to go public later this year or early in 2014. Photo: AFP

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says he will not sell any of his shares in microblogging site Twitter Inc when it goes public, and expects the firm’s IPO to hit the market later this year or in early next year.

16 Sep 2013 - 12:35pm

Twitter sets listing plan in motion with surprise tweet

Twitter is expected to increase advertising revenue 63 per cent to US$950 million in 2014 from US$583 million this year. Photo: Reuters

Twitter, the microblogging service with more than 200 million members worldwide, has filed to go public, moving closer to the most anticipated offering since Facebook.

14 Sep 2013 - 4:24am

Twitter takes first step to go public with IPO filing

Twitter’s initial public offering is likely to be the most hotly contested since Facebook listed last year. Photo: AFP

Twitter has filed for an initial public offering with US regulators, the company said on Thursday, taking the first step toward what would be Silicon Valley’s most anticipated debut since Facebook’s last year.

16 Sep 2013 - 12:37pm

British police investigate Twitter threats to female MP Stella Creasy

Stella Creasy, Labour and Co-operative member of parliament, and Women's Room co-founder Caroline Criado-Perez. Photo: Reuters

British police said on Tuesday they were investigating violent and sexually explicit Twitter postings directed at a lawmaker in a growing row over threats to women on the social network.

30 Jul 2013 - 6:39pm

British MP's wife loses libel case over bad tweet

Alistair McAlpine, left, was ruled to have been defamed by Sally Bercow in a tweet that implied he had sexually abused boys

A British court has ruled that a tweet by a parliamentarian's wife that pointed her 56,000 followers to online traffic wrongly naming a retired politician as a paedophile was defamatory, even though it did not spell out the allegation.

25 May 2013 - 4:22am

Kim Dotcom may sue Twitter, Google, Facebook over copyright

Kim Dotcom in Hong Kong

Ex-Hong Kong resident and flamboyant internet mogul Kim Dotcom said he was considering legal action against tech giants such as Twitter, Google and Facebook for infringing copyright on a security measure he invented.

24 May 2013 - 2:43am

Twitter tightens security after high-profile breaches

Micro-blogging service Twitter has implemented a new login verification system. Photo: AFP

Twitter said it was stepping up security measures for the popular messaging service following a series of high-profile breaches by hackers hitting media organisations and others.

Twitter said it would implement a new login verification system, “a form of two-factor authentication” which is “a second check to make sure it’s really you” when a user signs in.

23 May 2013 - 2:50pm

Obama considers Twitter lawyer as internet adviser

Nicole Wong. Photo: AP

The White House is creating a new senior adviser position to focus on internet and privacy policy, and Nicole Wong, a lawyer known for her work at Google.

and Twitter, is a leading contender for the job, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

Wong, currently legal director at Twitter, could not immediately be reached for comment.

8 May 2013 - 11:49am

Twitter jitters

Illustration: Emilio Rivera

It took less than 140 typed characters to wipe US$140 billion off the value of US stocks last Tuesday. After hackers broke into Associated Press' Twitter account and tweeted that there had been two explosions at the White House, injuring President Barack Obama, the markets went into a tailspin.

29 Apr 2013 - 3:59am

'News' on social media must be treated with caution

The false Twitter announcement from the hacked Associated Press account that caused US shares to tumble.

There is no denying the worth of social media in keeping us in touch and informed. In careless hands, though, it can cause panic, anguish, pain and suffering. The hacking of a news agency's Twitter account that led to a plunge in US stocks and the wrongful implication of a man in the Boston Marathon bombings put the problem sharply in focus. Users need to think twice about what they read, check where it comes from and be less compulsive about passing it on.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am

Twitter seeks television partnerships

Twitter wants to add entertainment and news content that will get users to spend time on the site and watch promotions. Photo: AFP

The San Francisco-based company has held talks with Viacom about hosting TV clips on its site and selling adverts, according to people familiar with the private talks on the matter. Twitter has discussed a content partnership with Comcast's NBCUniversal, said two of the people.

17 Apr 2013 - 4:56am

SEC likes company updates on Facebook

US companies will be able to update their status on Facebook as long as investors have been told in advance where to look. Photo: Bloomberg

Companies in the United States will be able to post their earnings on Twitter or update their status on Facebook as long as investors have been told in advance where to look.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance on Tuesday permitting companies to use social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, to communicate company announcements.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:35am

Who to follow for the best Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tweets

Rugby Sevens fever hits Twitter.

Twitter is abuzz with chatter of the Hong Kong Sevens, which start this weekend. Here are some of our favourites:

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am