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  • Twitter Will Rebound On One Condition 0 comments
    May 7, 2014 3:07 PM | about stocks: TWTR

    Christopher Wallace wrote a solid article yesterday titled "Capitulation Opportunity In Twitter", and he worded my thoughts about the topic perfectly. Today the stock is down again, -5.34% as I'm writing this, but could it really be that investors haven't known for months that Twitter has been grossly overvalued? It's not like waking up one morning to discover that your wife has been cheating on you for the past 10 years. You've known about it the whole time. So why freak out now?

    Sure, the end of the lock up came, but we've known about that for a while too. Tim Worstall from Forbes believes that there may actually be a portion of the locked up stock on the market, which wasn't news before, but who knows for sure? The fact is that I've felt for a long time now that Twitter has been long overdue for a correction. But what's happened over the last few days shouldn't be seen as the end of Twitter.

    In fact, I can see Twitter having a much better future ahead. We just need to stop comparing Twitter to Facebook in every conversation. I think Will Oremus from Slate described the difference between the two companies pretty well: "Twitter is not a social network. Not primarily, anyway. It's better described as a social media platform, with the emphasis on 'media platform.' And media platforms should not be judged by the same metrics as social networks."

    Twitter's chief function is to help people keep up with what influential people are doing and thinking right now. Facebook is more about keeping up with your family and friends. As a personal finance blogger, Twitter is a much better platform for me to share my thoughts and articles because it's so much easier to share with more people.

    So what if their growth numbers aren't as exciting as Facebook or Instagram? When do you think Facebook would be able to provide the same reach Twitter did with Esurance's #EsuranceSave30 sweepstakes? What about the ability for fans of NBC's The Voice to save their favorite contestant from elimination? Long story short, Twitter still has a bright future ahead of it, but it'll be brighter if we allow them to do their thing and stop holding them up to the wrong standards.

    Stocks: TWTR
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