Twitter's stock tanks as it reports the number of non-SMS users fell by 2 million Q4

By midian182
Feb 11, 2016
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  1. Twitter’s inability to attract new users continued throughout the final quarter of last year. The company reported that its Monthly Average Users (MAU) in Q4 remained at the same 320 million figure as the previous quarter. However, if you take ‘SMS Fast Followers’ out of the equation, Twitter’s global MAU count fell from 307 million to 305 million.

    There was some good news for Twitter; Q4 MAU figures were up 9 percent from the same period in 2014 and the company reported revenue of $710 million for the quarter, a jump of 48 percent. But despite the revenue increase, Twitter is still losing money - it posted a loss of $90.2 million, or 13 cents a share, compared with a year-ago loss of $125.4 million, or 20 cents a share.

    Twitter missed analyst forecasts that had expected its MAUs to increase to 325 million, and its stock fell almost 12 percent in after-hours trading. It did rebound slightly, but it’s currently at $14.97 – a huge difference from its all-time high of $69 two years ago. Since CEO Jack Dorsey’s return, Twitter’s shares have dropped 45 percent.

    “We’re focused now on what Twitter does best: live. Twitter is live: live commentary, live connections, live conversations,” Dorsey said in a letter to shareholders. “Whether it’s breaking news, entertainment, sports, or everyday topics, hearing about and watching a live event unfold is the fastest way to understand the power of Twitter. Twitter has always been considered a “second screen” for what’s happening in the world and we believe we can become the first screen for everything that’s happening now.”

    The company claims that Q4’s stagnant user numbers are due to a combination of seasonality (the quarter generally sees slow user growth) and the fact that it sent fewer emails asking users to return to the site.

    These past 12 months have been a turbulent time for Twitter. The microblogging site has introduced a slew of new features in an attempt to attract new users – and keep the current ones sticking around – but some of them, such as the rumored revisions to the chronological timeline, aren’t proving too popular.

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  2. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 818   +384

    Twitter is like one of those pre-installed apps on your phone, you check it out before turning off and people are leaving good review - but it's still unknown what that apps is for.
    Skidmarksdeluxe and wastedkill like this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    It's high time somebody absorbed them into their portfolio, or it shuts it's doors and put themselves and everyone else out of their misery.
    LiveResistance likes this.
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Why on earth, or where on earth, do they summon the hubris to attach such an extravagant value to a company which likely owns nothing more than a few data centers anyway?

    Then too, if you buy stock in GM, or even God forbid Apple, at least you could possibly have a drill press or something named after you.

    The whole prospect is absurd. Besides, as users probably have a set of personality traits which causes them to join, wouldn't it be logical that at some point the whole squalid mess hits saturation point? I kind of view Twitter as, "The Rapture for Imbeciles". "How big is Kim Kardashian's a** today? (*) Stagnating minds want to know.

    This is the same situation as Zukerberg and his, "5 billion users", nonsense. If the market is already saturated with Twitter and Facebook users, then you simply have to wait untin the human race breeds more candidates. The trouble is, think what the world's population needs to be, should the percentage of users to non users, stay the same....:eek: :eek: :eek: (and so forth).

    (*) Although, you may need to predicate the size of your next phone or "phablet", on the current size of Ms. Kardashian's behind. At least if "Instagram" is another one of your haunts.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2016
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  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 858   +352

    Twitter is for people with absolutely NO LIFE.
    "oh!...I have 1,000 retweets! I'm somebody".
    Twitter, is for twits.
    LiveResistance likes this.

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