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Twitter Surpasses Expectations with Profitable First Quarter for 2018

It’s fairly safe to say that Twitter’s position among the leading social media platforms is not quite as secure as their rivals over at Facebook for example, at least from a financial perspective. The company often fails to post a profit, and so when Twitter did post their first profit in 12 years for the final quarter of 2017 it was seen as a highly promising sign; nonetheless the company were still expected to return a net loss in the following quarter, largely due to the ongoing abuse and overabundance of bots on the platform.

However it would seem these predictions were made in error as Twitter bucked expectations throughout the first quarter of 2018 and instead reported a net income of $61m. Though this figure is down from $91m for the same period of the previous year, it is still well above expectations and has already had an impact on the company’s prospects with share prices rising by more than 6% in pre-market trading.

The number of monthly active users on the platform also increased over last quarter, rising by 2%. This, along with a 21% increase in revenue as compared with the same period last year, peaking at
$336m, will do much to reassure both investors and advertisers alike.

“The first quarter was a strong start to the year,” commented, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. As for what Mr Dorsey believes prompted this period of growth, he says it’s all down to their brand new framework for thinking about the “health” of online conversations in the wake of repeated and ongoing scandals. He states, “This holistic approach will help us more effectively address these challenges by viewing them through the broader lens of the health of the public conversation, and we’re encouraged by our initial progress in this area.”

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