The end of Twitter (and Facebook)?

Poor performance sends Twitter share price back to reality

When Twitter went public in November at $26 many thought that the stock was overvalued but when, over the last few months, its price rose to a 52-week high of $74.73 then settled at around $65, few analysts were able to justify the price.

The problem was that the price just wasn't inline with any of the conventional measures of market value.

So, on Thursday, when the stock price plummeted to close at $50.05 per share, no one with any perspective was at all was surprised. The company's fourth quarter earnings (or lack thereof) report revealed that users weren't as active as hoped for and user growth was lackluster. In short, the opportunities for Twitter to capitalize on its user population has been dissipating and its prospects aren't looking too hot.

But Twitter isn't alone; its performance hasn't been that different from that of Facebook but the latter is way bigger in terms of users and sheer numbers of user growth than the former even though the percentages are similar. In short, despite comparable relative numbers Twitter is a weak performer.

This may well be the beginning of the end for Twitter and, in due course, for Facebook. The giants of social networking may be on their way to becoming dinosaurs with, in the long term, only die-hard users picking and tweeting over the remains of their corpses.

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