32 thoughts on “Why Twitter Shouldn't Sell”

  1. But Twitter still doesn’t have a solid revenue model which might as well require them to get some cash to burn off until they come up with one.

    Ads might just prove to be a big no-no, so let’s see.

  2. I must be an idiot because I’d sell if I were them. $250M for a feature in search of a revenue stream? Done and done.

  3. Very interesting point that they are not worth so much if they are not a Platform so much as a service.

    However, how will Twitter support this process of building a platform, and monetizing the growth on/around that platform? Why not control the platform through the apps. How and why has fb done this so much more effectively, and why don’t Twitter tie this all up for the sake of their own sustainability?

    So their media attention doesn’t justify the value, neither does the old adage that it’s what people are willing to pay, Then how are they coming up with these figures? It would be great to see the experts break this down like on TC in June:


    @ Rakesh – yes, so then what is their revenue model? Anyone?

  4. Twitter should just become an API company and charge developers to use its API above a threshold.

    I agree with Om : on the difference of Services and Platform. It should view itself as a platform and let others build services around it.

    Get the Cost structure down by focusing on API’s only. If they try to go the exclusivity way – it will kill twitter

  5. The question really is whether they are enganged in creating an long term viable company in which case they should not sell but concentrate on developing a revenue model whch will value it more than the $250 million and keep tit vialbe in years to come. A tall order indeed but achievable. This is the best thing about being an visionary

  6. sell. sell. sell.

    their growth looks good now but there is no telling what may happen tomorrow. looked at digg they were the hottest web2.0 company and could have fetched a ton but they waited too long to sell and even google barked at buying them for 200 million +.

  7. @Sanjay and others … when it comes to building a sustainable and long term viable company, nothing is easy and a lot has to go right for the company.

    I think what twitter now has a springboard. They are at the right place at the right time with the right amount of momentum.

    The trick is to turn this into a big business, not be just cute and trendy service. It is up to the team to make that happen.

  8. Twitter is a mediocre product that won’t have much life once it is sold to another company. It felt old fashioned compared to Jaiku over a year ago and it feels outdated compared to friendfeed. I don’t see the appeal of anyone using twitter once it’s been sold, especially to a company like facebook.

    It would simply fade away the same way as Jaiku before it.

  9. Yes, please sell the most useful tool to come along in 10 years to Facebook ( and their pimp Microsoft ) so they can destroy it and make it a useless part of their walled garden.

    end sarcasm.

  10. why sell the company when the company is already penetrating the other company like a good neighbor with cakes and brownies chilling with a sip of tea inside the neighbors house. As my friend would say “nah i mean?!?”

    If twitter gets sold to facebook, it’ll be forgotten in a short time like the other applications that are available in there.

  11. Twitter is neither a Service or a Platform. Like most of the www, it is like a TV Program… not a TV, not a network, not a studio. It will have it’s day in the sun, and fade away. Which doesn’t mean to diminish its value… shows like M*A*S*H, 60 Minutes, etc. have been profoundly influential and made lots of money for their creators. But it’s time investors begin to recognize this finite horizon, and stop acting as if these freebie businesses are establishing a meaningful future.

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