But instead, when time came to pronounce Twitter public Thursday morning, a nine-year-old girl dressed in a “little bluebird” tutu dress appeared behind the bell. She is Vivienne Harr, who recently raised more than $100,000 to fight childhood slavery by spending 365 days behind a lemonade stand.
Check out Fast Company’s live blog and other Twitter coverage. Start here, with a guide to the IPO’s major players.
Twitter’s IPO is the big news today. Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann may be watching to see how it goes. He told Fast Company during yesterday’s Innovation Uncensored San Francisco that his company is nowhere near ready to go public. But Pinterest could take some tips from Twitter on how to become (or not become) profitable.
I’m a straight guy, in a marriage. I just didn’t know any transgender people. I’ve read stuff from transgender people on Twitter, and I never would have before. My wife is a teacher and has transgender students, but Twitter helped normalize transgender people for me. I used to use the word “tranny” in a manner that would be derogatory or hurtful if you were on the receiving end. But Twitter exposed me to the idea that they’re human people just like me with wants, needs, dreams, fears, and I don’t do that anymore.
Twitter accelerated the learning curve, where a straight white American guy where the world is classically considered to be my oyster, I now am delighted to be up to speed with the basic humanity of people born one gender who want to be another. I know that’s long winded. But that was an awesome eye opening. It’s helped reduce prejudices that I had.”
"It’s easy to understand why the growth specialists, data scientists, and engineers that define a growth team are the most coveted hires for many startups in Silicon Valley. This is quickly spreading to other industries as well, as more and more companies realize that growth hacking, at its core, is really just an intense focus on understanding and shaping the customer experience with data. Even Walmart’s marketing chief, Stephen Quinn, recently shared at the ANA Conference that they now are seeing an ROI on Facebook and Twitter to the tune of 10 times what they see through other advertising. Why? Because once they measured user engagement, they understood the power of their now 31 million Facebook fans.”
A scientific guide to writing popular (and sharable) headlines for Twitter, Facebook, and your blog, from the co-founder of Buffer.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? On one hand, it allows for ease of communication, and could potentially take on the world of email. On the other hand… spam.
“I don’t know how influential Twitter really is. I don’t think any of us are sitting around going, ‘Boy, if we can get people to tweet more, the ratings are going to go up.’ ”
Preston Beckman, Fox’s longtime scheduling chief who is now a strategic adviser to the network. He’s one of many senior TV executives who remain dubious—if not disdainful—of Twitter.
Now, activity on Twitter will influence Nielsen’s TV ratings. Here, an inside look at Twitter’s TV-powered, profitable future.
It is not.
Tweeter Home Entertainment (TWTRQ) was a consumer electronics retailer that sold TVs, car radios, home theater systems, and the like at more than 100 U.S. stores. In 2007 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and had its assets sold to a new owner, who also filed for Chapter 11 a year later.
So why did shares of Tweeter stock jump more than 1500% this morning?
The company is hoping to raise $1 billion.
Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t. A new book to help you navigate the new office politics.
The two companies have different opportunities within social advertising. Here’s why.
“The noble goal: Make it so that a regular person can join Twitter and have a good time right off the bat.”
"You’ve sold your phone department to Microsoft, why are you even tweeting about the iPhone? Clearly your phones don’t measure up.."