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Investing in Social Media: What You Can Learn from Facebook Investors Before Twitter Even Goes Public

by Matthew Gibson
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on Thursday, 25 July 2013

As most people know, Facebook became a publicly traded company last year. After receiving much hype and positive projections, it hit both individuals and companies alike when the stock began to fall in price almost immediately. Now we hear rumbles that the popular media site Twitter is considering going public, possibly this year or the next. Even though Twitter doesn't have a young and sometimes questioned CEO like Mark Zuckerberg, people are still wary of the promise of a sure thing from a social media site.

Stay Informed

Since there is no date set for Twitter to enter into the publicly traded realm it is important to stay up to date on the latest information. Although more news sites are saying yes, Twitter will be going public, there are still a lot of articles out there saying that Twitter management isn't sure. Even with these maybes floating around on the Internet people are still guessing as to starting prices for the stock. Just know none of these prices are correct until they're correct. Keep your eyes and ears open for more news until a definite decision has been made by the company.

Ask Questions

Reading all the information out there is a great way to stay informed, but every article will have its own motives. Questioning what you read is important for your own motives. If or when Twitter goes public you must know if purchasing stock is going to be right for you. Talking to the right people about the decision can help you be better informed. Pete Briger, San Francisco, CA resident, is a great source to talk to, especially since Twitter is based out of San Fran. Investors like him can help you see the whole picture and help decide if this investment is right for you.

Be Prepared

If Twitter does go public it is important to know when that will be. If you are looking to purchase stock in the company there is also the decision whether or not to pounce immediately. As Facebook investors found out the hard way, stock does not always immediately climb in price. Although Facebook stock is on a fairly steady uprise, it is still going to be some time before it begins making any profit for its investors. Twitter is a different company with different employees and company ties, so it is hard to say where it will trend. Know ahead of time if you want to purchase right away or wait to see what happens.

Twitter, still undecided on its public status, is definitely a company to keep your eye on. Staying informed and getting in contact with the right kind of people will help you to make the right decision when the time comes.

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