Twitter files for IPO with 218.3 million monthly users

In May 2012, Facebook started trading its stock in one of the most highly anticipated IPO launches ever. Now it's time for yet another massively successful social network service to begin the same process. Today, Twitter filed its IPO papers to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as it seeks to raise $1 billion.

The filing itself shows that when Twitter does start trading its stock, it will do so under the symbol "TWTR". However, the company has yet to identify which stock exchange it will use. Twitter announced it currently has 218.3 million monthly active users, which is up from 151.4 million for the same period a year ago. Twitter also has over 100 million active daily users.

Since Twitter first launched, its many users have posted over 300 billion tweets and now the service generates about half a billion tweets per day. 75 percent of its monthly active subscribers use a mobile device to access Twitter and the company generates 65 percent of its ad revenue from those mobile devices.

Even with those huge user numbers, Twitter is not yet profitable. The filing shows that in 2012, the company lost $79 million and lost another $69 million during the first six months of 2013. Public trading on Twitter is expected to begin sometime in 2014.

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Saw >$2 revenue / timeline view quoted. When something sounds too good to be true, it's because you forgot to divide. From the filing: "We define advertising revenue per timeline view as advertising revenue per 1,000 timeline views during the applicable period."

well, i mean... i tried using twitter... it just gets boring after a while cause half the people following you you dont really know... its like why am i doing this again?

I use twitter for mainly to reach out to public figures and to hear what they have to say, contribute with TV discussion, etc. I don't really class twitter as a "friends" thing, that's what I use Facebook for.

Twitter is great for following news feeds and its about 99% of the time ahead of all major publications to report content (such as the shooting in DC today).