February 10: the day in 4 charts

A network analysis of the Twitter conversations about the general election sheds some light on the hype around Labour in the run-up to the big day.  Read more

By David Blood and Aleksandra Wisniewska

More than 2,500 people are attending the World Economic Forum in Davos this week, but how are they connected outside of the picturesque alpine town?

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Twitter is going public and has been valued at up to $17.4bn, but that could be low as the company could be trying to achieve a large IPO pop once its shares start trading. But what do you think it is worth? What assumptions would you need to make to arrive at this conclusion?

Enter your projections for Twitter’s sales growth, profitability, capital expenditures, terminal growth rate and cost of equity in our IPO calculator below to see how key assumptions affect the potential market value of the social networking firm’s offering. You can then share your valuation with others.

Emily Cadman

Investors looking for information on Twitter ahead of its anticipated public offering have very little to go on: the company revealed nothing of its plans, other than a single 135 character tweet.

The one thing we do have some information on – drawn almost entirely from third party monitoring firms – is its user base. Launched in 2006, Global Web Index estimated in January this year the micro blogging site had 288 million active users and is the fastest growing social networking service. Read more