Twitter is a real-time online social networking platform founded in 2006. 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. 

White House official fired for anonymous caustic tweeting

Jofi Joseph sent anonymous tweets for more than two years. Photo: AP

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

Thursday, 24 October, 2013, 5:04am

Internet firms' dual-class shares are best avoided

Twitter and Alibaba's upcoming IPO are putting a spotlight on dual-class ownership. Photo: Reuters

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

Twitter losses widen ahead of New York IPO

Twitter is shunning Nasdaq after Facebook's botched IPO there last year. Photo: Reuters

Twitter revealed on Tuesday a tripling in quarterly losses as it prepares to list on the New York Stock Exchange in one of the year's most anticipated IPOs.

17 Oct 2013 - 3:27am

The secret winner in Twitter share offer

Suhail Rizvi's Twitter connections have opened the doors to investing opportunities in other internet startups. Photo: Bloomberg

When Twitter goes public in coming weeks, one of the biggest winners will be a 47-year-old financier who guards his secrecy so zealously that he employs a person to take down his Wikipedia entry and scrub his picture from the internet.

7 Oct 2013 - 6:16am

Facebook's dismal debut clouds Twitter prospects

When Facebook was preparing to go public last year, the telephones at Granite Investment Advisers rang off the hook as clients called about the social media's company's highly anticipated debut.

7 Oct 2013 - 6:16am

Loss-making Twitter seeks to raise US$1 billion in IPO

A tweet from Twitter announcing the release of its IPO filing. Photo: Reuters

Twitter revealed its highly anticipated stock offering on Thursday, with the hugely popular messaging platform seeking to raise up to US$1 billion on Wall Street.

4 Oct 2013 - 10:44am

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.

Charlene Li at Altimeter Group sees a “last call” mentality around Twitter’s initial public offering (IPO).

17 Sep 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