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Business and Startups

Place to discuss anything and everything about business and startups. From economics, to investments to startup gossip, to technology et al.

Rohit pande , Have a view on many things but happy to thras Sep, 20 2016

Twitter struggling as an entity even as it starts to dictate political discourse in India


The contradiction of judging twitter by revenue basis the considerable investments already made into it.


and the rising socio-political impact of the platform to break news and shape / distort public opinion.


http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/jobs/layoffs-at-twitters-bengaluru-development-center-as-it-stops-global-engineering-work/articleshow/54415191.cms


Would twitter be able to survive as a company ?


Has it reached its peak of users or would it attract more users ?

The contradiction of judging twitter by revenue basis the considerable investments already made into it.and the rising socio-political impact of the platform to break news and shape / distort public opinion.http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/jobs/layoffs-at-twitters-bengaluru-development-center-as-it-stops-global-engineering-work/articleshow/54415191.cmsWould twitter be able to survive as a company ?Has it reached its peak of users or would it attract more users ?

Vikash Sharma , Student, FMS Sep, 20 2016


"I think it probably will be, but one reason why it might not is that the product has been evolving very slowly over the last year and I don't have confidence that Twitter the company is going to be able to keep up with the rate of change of culture on the internet. The most significant recent change they've made, retweeting, wasn't executed very well. Five years from now, there will definitely be a much better status update/news/attention network that is relevant and very important, but I think there is a chance that Twitter is unable to transform and improve its current product quickly enough to become that future product, and it becomes something like eBay or Yahoo Mail is today."

This is what Adam Angelo(founder, Quora ex-CTO at facebook) said about Twitter in 2010, when someone asked him that "will twitter stay relevant after 5 years" and here we are in 2016 still debating that, not sure its a positive or a negative one for twitter.

"I think it probably will be, but one reason why it might not is that the product has been evolving very slowly over the last year and I don't have confidence that Twitter the company is going to be able to keep up with the rate of change of culture on the internet. The most significant recent chang


Nikhil Dua , BITS alumnus, Market research analyst at Cred Sep, 20 2016


Twitter won't die, its not like indian startups where layoffs certainly means that it is about to die.

Twitter has this curve where things are working out, then not workign out, and the loop. But the truth is that Twitter has added unending value to the world, it cannot fail until and unless its does yahoo to itself. That is, it stops innovating for its users.

Twitter was born in 2006, but didn't take off until South-by Southwest in 2007, and user counts started really growing in 2008. In 2013, new CEO Costolo took Twitter public with a stock offering of $26 per share. Share value quickly doubled and in one day a new public company is born valued at $31 billion. And now share value is less than $14 per share. Next we might expect a jump or a big fat sale.

Twitter won't die, its not like indian startups where layoffs certainly means that it is about to die.Twitter has this curve where things are working out, then not workign out, and the loop. But the truth is that Twitter has added unending value to the world, it cannot fail until and unless its does


Rajat Jain , IITian, [email protected] Sep, 20 2016


Twitter has much more in its bucket than shaping political discourse in India. It has been at the core of uprising in Tunisia and then complete Arab spring. It is live feed for any match being played around the world. When bombs went off during the Boston Marathon, in April of 2013, users sat glued to the feed, suddenly privy to something visceral and real, something happening.

Twitter has problems now, yes, there is no denial. It has problem of discovery, its crowded, information flow is not very clear which is affecting its numbers. Dick at Twitter did a shitty job and in that era, twitter lost its direction for future.

It might have come down from $36bn to $12bn but that might not correct judgement. Linkedin acquisition has show this. Twitter with google makes perfect sense, and google would be the first open to bid for it, if it fails to make a clear path for profits.

Twitter has much more in its bucket than shaping political discourse in India. It has been at the core of uprising in Tunisia and then complete Arab spring. It is live feed for any match being played around the world. When bombs went off during the Boston Marathon, in April of 2013, users sat glued


Nikhil Dua , BITS alumnus, Market research analyst at Cred Sep, 20 2016


Also for companies it acts as a customer support, for celebrities it acts as traditional media to make announcements. Its a platform for comedians and much more.


Aman Rawal , Geek by profession, Deep interest in science Sep, 20 2016


Facebook, google and linked not just survived but made billions. Twitter has got similar assets, it not the same assets(Tech+people+international reach+ influence) and hence it will be failure of the CEO to convert those assets to real cash.

Twitter has always suffered leadership crisis. You know how they kept changing CEOs which drove twitter into different directions. Its back to safe hands now. Jack Dorsey is one of the most powerful business guy in valley, he is an introvert though. There must be a strong plan to open cash flow streams.

Facebook, google and linked not just survived but made billions. Twitter has got similar assets, it not the same assets(Tech+people+international reach+ influence) and hence it will be failure of the CEO to convert those assets to real cash.Twitter has always suffered leadership crisis. You know how


Vikash Sharma , Student, FMS Sep, 20 2016


Hence the same question is valid for Quora


Nikhil Dua , BITS alumnus, Market research analyst at Cred Sep, 20 2016


Yahoo had similar assets and much more, its never "too big to die" in valley.