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What Your Stake in the Twitter Empire Is Really Worth

| November 8, 2013
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 The Twitter logo is displayed on a banner outside the New York Stock Exchange. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The Twitter logo is displayed on a banner outside the New York Stock Exchange. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Not a shock: Twitter’s shares, which went public Thursday, are trading down a little today. Shares you might have paid 50 bucks for yesterday are down to 43 dollars and change. That statement is not a suggestion you should buy or sell TWTR or any other security.

But if you feel left out of the latest tech IPO gold rush, here’s a little bit of fun, called to my attention by KQED’s Aarti Shahani, from Time’s Chris Wilson: This Is How Much Money Twitter Owes You.

Wilson and Time put together a little calculator that crunches the following variables for Twitter account holders: How long you’ve had your account, how many tweets you’ve sent out into the Twittersphere, and the putative value of those tweets based on how many messages the service says it delivers every day and the company’s current market capitalization.

Time’s calculator is really kind of cool: Just put in your account name and it spits out your contribution to Twitter’s current value. For me, it’s $38. That compares to $5.1 million for President Obama’s account and nearly $21 million for Justin Bieber’s.

I’ll use my account “value” to buy the pizza and beer. I’ll let those guys pick up the tip.

Sorry to be redundant, but check it out: Time’s This Is How Much Money Twitter Owes You.

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Dan Brekke has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at dbrekke@kqed.org.

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