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Facebook has acquired super-popular social messaging app WhatsApp for a heady $16 billion in cash and stock, plus another $3 billion in restricted stock over the next four years.
Not bad for a company that was founded less than five years ago. And it’s a huge win for founder Brian Acton, who was turned down for positions by both Twitter and Facebook before launching WhatsApp.
Did you know that half a billion tweets are sent and received around the world each and every day?
That’s a crazy number. And it’s even crazier to think that the tweet, and Twitter, only came into existence seven years ago.
Twitter’s IPO took place earlier today and, so far at least, it’s been a big success. The stock saw a nice 73 percent pop on the opening and while it hasn’t quite scaled the $70-80 heights that some analysts were predicting, its current levels of $45/$46 gives Twitter a market capitalisation of some $25 billion.
In less than a decade Twitter has revolutionised the way that brands, public bodies and the rich and famous connect and engage with the general public and, for the most part, that’s a good thing. Twitter allows information to be freely released and shared, and we greedily gobble it up.
Remember your first tweet?
Last week we documented how a new update from Topsy made it really easy for anyone to find their very-first tweets that they wrote on Twitter and, as you would expect, for most of us, they’re pretty lame.
But what about Twitter’s elite? Surely their first tweets were absolutely amazing? What an opportunity to shine!
What was the moment when Twitter was first brought to your attention? When did you realise that Twitter was something important?
For many people, the Hudson River plane crash was Twitter’s tipping point, when the of-the-moment and on-the-spot reporting medium that Twitter provided to anybody – critically, not just the mass media – allowed iPhone owner Janis Krums to take a photograph that was rapidly shared around the Twitterverse. And the rest, as they say, is history.
What’s the future of Twitter?
It’s a weighty, expansive question that’s proved increasingly problematic to answer in the few years since Twitter first opened its doors to an unsuspecting public back in July 2006. Partly this is because what Twitter is now shifts continuously, making it very difficult to guess where and what it will be in just a few months time.
And partly it’s because you always have the feeling that Twitter themselves don’t really know what Twitter is, which doesn’t really help.
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