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Analysts Downgrade Twitter Stock, While CEO Costolo Has No Idea How Many Users Opt Out Of Ads

Analysts Downgrade Twitter Stock, While CEO Costolo Has No Idea How Many Users Opt Out Of Ads

Shares in Twitter fell 3.5 percent yesterday after Cantor Fitzgerald cut the company’s rating from “hold” to “sell”, based on what Cantor said were excessive valuations.

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Twitter’s Latest Valuation? $10 Billion, Reveals Investor Report

Twitter, Inc has been valued at close to $10 billion by one of its largest investors, which is up around 10 percent from the last serious estimate, but down about the same amount from the last time crazy numbers were being thrown about.

In its latest filing, GSV Capital Corp. revealed that they own 1.9 million shares in Twitter with a total value of $35.2 million, or $18.50 per share. Based on an overall (estimated) share figure of almost 530 million, this prices Twitter at a heady $9.8 billion.

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Twitter Now Valued At ‘More Than $11 Billion’, Eyes 2014 IPO

Back in July 2011, a lifetime ago in the fantastically volatile world of business tech, Twitter was valued at $7 billion, and, just a couple of weeks later, $8 billion, following two rounds of private funding.

In September of that year, CEO Dick Costolo told reporters not to expect a Twitter IPO anytime soon. “We now have what can only be referred to as a truckload of money in the bank. We did that because we want to be in control of our destiny and grow the company the way we want to,” he said.

Fair enough. But 16 months is an eternity in the business world, certainly in tech, and with a string of new management hires, and a new report suggesting Twitter is now worth more than $11 billion, that IPO might be just around the corner.

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Here’s How Much Your Twitter Is Worth And Info On Selling It

So, you have ‘a very impressive Twitter’ (like Donald Trump) and want to cash in, hmm?

Well, we’ve found a site showing you what your Twitter is worth and how to sell it. And we promise you’ll be disappointed if you read this.

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Twitter Will Be More Valuable Than Facebook, Says Industry Expert

With Facebook gearing up for what is likely to be a $100 billion IPO and Twitter showing no signs – or interest – in following suit anytime soon, the suggestion that Twitter’s value might exceed that of Facebook, now or at any time in the future, might well appear to be folly.

Not so, says Rory Sutherland, vice-chairman of Ogilvy & Mather, and the man who helped turn Microsoft into a major force in the 1980s. Sutherland has not only tipped Twitter to ultimately outrank Facebook in valuation, but that the micro-blogging network will also will reveal itself to be a money-making monster.

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Facebook vs Twitter – What’s A Like, Share, Follow Or Tweet Actually Worth? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What’s the value of a social follower? And does a fan on one platform, and their actions therein, have more value than that of another?

It’s a contentious issue. Moreover, are fans acquired by a promotional campaign, such as Facebook cost per click (CPC), less valuable than those who are attracted organically?

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Alpha Males, Fighting Founders And Rejecting $2 Billion From Facebook: Is There Trouble At Twitter?

Fortune magazine has a cracking piece that takes a (lengthy) look at Twitter’s past and present, and how “boardroom power plays, disgruntled founders, and CEO switcheroos”, alongside a number of poor technical decisions, has left the key players at odds with each other, the rest of the board largely impotent and the users, always the most important part of the equation, increasingly dissatisfied with the service.

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Twitter Talks Meeting Mark Zuckerberg, That $500m Buyout And Comments Within Retweets

Yesterday Twitter’s Biz Stone, who has been all over the U.S. the past couple of weeks, was a guest on Howard Stern’s radio show.

Stone was unusually open in his interview with Stern, who kept pushing once he started getting results, and of particular interest was Biz provided greater detail on why he and Evan Williams turned down that $500 million buyout offer from Facebook in 2008, and what it was like to meet – and be proposed to – by ‘ the great Mark Zuckerberg’.

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What Price A Twitter User?

On Monday I wrote about how a recent auction of Twitter stock on the secondary market had raised the valuation of the company to some $7.7 billion.

Prior to this I noted that Twitter had passed the 250 million user mark – 253 million to be precise.

This allows us to quickly work out a per user value for each Twitter profile – 7.7 billion dollars divided by 253 million accounts equals $30.80 per user.

What this means is that if Twitter was sold for that $7.7 billion, they could give every single user a $10 Amazon voucher and still have enough in the kitty to get some new paint for the office. Over five billion, if we’re counting, which should be good for at least two coats. And maybe some curtains.

Not that this is likely to happen. But as a concept, financially rewarding the individuals who make up the network isn’t as hands-across-America as it might initially seem. It’s worth observing that the actual ‘value’ of Twitter is dependent on two important things – one, the users, and two, their tweets. The latter cannot exist without the former, and the former produce all of the latter. Take away either of these vital elements and Twitter instantly loses all of its appeal and subsequently its value. Even if the tweets were preserved, at best you’d have a curious (and rapidly decaying) time capsule. And who would really want to buy that?

I suggest that you keep this in mind whenever anyone tries to tell you that the time you’ve invested on Twitter is wasted time. It’s anything but. This is your Twitter. You’re the critical piece in this valuable ecosystem, and it’s people like you who have built something incredible. Something that has and will change this world. And nobody can put a price on that.

Twitter Passes 250 Million Users, Now Valued At $4.5 Billion (And J.P. Morgan Wants A Slice)

Interesting report in the Financial Times that outlines JPMorgan’s Digital Growth Fund is looking to buy a 10 per cent stake in Twitter for $450 million, valuing the company at a heady $4.5 billion overall.

It is not clear if the JPMorgan fund will make a direct investment or buy out existing investors and shareholders with Twitter’s approval. But the fund does not intend to buy shares on the secondary market, the people said. The deal has not closed.

JPMorgan’s Digital Growth Fund was established this month to give rich clients exposure to fast-growing private tech companies, and follows a similar effort by Goldman Sachs to invest in Facebook.

The fund has raised $1.22bn to date, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But it plans to raise $1.3bn in total, and will have a maximum of 480 investors, say the people. JPMorgan expects to earn commission of at least $13m from the fund.

Besides the Twitter stake, JPMorgan hopes to invest another third of the fund in one other private web company – possibly games maker Zynga or telephony provider Skype.

The final third of the fund will be allocated among six other companies, they said – possibly to include coupons site LivingSocial, or Gilt, the flash-sales site. Twitter will be the fund’s focus. The company has 253m unique users per month, up 85 per cent from a year ago, according to venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Note that user count in the final paragraph – that’s well above where I forecast Twitter was when I last wrote about the size of the network and further underlines how the march towards a billion users is definitely a two-horse race, although it’s worth noting that Facebook has added around 20 million new users itself in the past two weeks.

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