While Twitter initially filed for an Initial Public Offering (IPO), they chose a confidential S-1 - meaning little information about the company was made public as a result of the filing. But this has changed, and we now know a lot of behind-the-scenes info.
Currently, Twitter is being valued at $12.8 billion - which is fairly shocking, considering the IPO papers show Twitter user numbers are actually on the decline (particularly in the US) and there is no sign a profit will be earned any time soon. Even so, some experts are placing the value at anywhere from $20 to $40 billion after the IPO.
One hurdle Twitter faces, according to the Wall Street Journal, is the excessive number of fake Twitter accounts shouting out spam all day long. While Twitter currently claims over 200 million active daily users, it's difficult to know how many actual eyes are seeing those tweets and aren't just bots spreading spam links. As anyone who uses a trending hashtag knows, spam is inevitable.
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