Twitter makes strong IPO debut, now real work begins

Summary:Twitter didn't grab every dollar possible when floating its initial public offering. As a result, Twitter shares are up nicely, but the company still has to grow into its valuation.

Twitter made its public market debut and shares surged, but the real work is just beginning for the company: It has to fill out its potential and business model.

Shares of Twitter were trading at $46 or so, up 77 percent, from its offering price of $26.

Unlike Facebook, Twitter didn't grab ever dollar available and aim for perfect IPO pricing. As a result, Twitter enjoys better headlines, a return for those investors in at the offering price and a little bit of a glow.

But let's get real: Twitter isn't as mature as Facebook was when it went public. Twitter lost $133.8 million for the nine months ended Sept. 30 on revenue of $422.2 million. The company's business model, which largely revolves around promoted tweets, is also a work in progress.

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In Facebook's latest quarter, the company showed its monetization potential and looked like a company that knew the balance between growth and profits.

If all goes well, we'll see something similar from Twitter. After all, Twitter will have to grow into its current market valuation of more than $30 billion.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Tech Industry


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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