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Investors Flock to Twitter, Like Facebook, as Year Draws to a Close

Sure, Facebook has a huge valuation, and Twitter trades at like a billion times earnings, but that hasn’t stopped shares of both companies from surging.

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Part of it is the realization that, to the degree that social media actually is a big thing, it really is all about those two companies. And while Facebook and Twitter are tech names, social media has emerged as a key place for all manner of companies, from automakers and airlines to Coke and Pepsi.

In an interview on CNBC, I likened it to the early days of Google’s stock, as investors realized that search advertising was here to stay:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald