In the following video, Motley Fool research analyst Lyons George talks about the investment management company BlackRock (NYSE: BLK ) and its interest in buying $80 million worth of Twitter stock. BlackRock has pegged Twitter to be worth over $9 billion, but since the latter is currently a private company, should we as investors care? Lyons says yes for two reasons: The company is going public, possibly before the end of 2013, and some put the valuation even higher, at $15 billion. He tells us what it is about Twitter that might separate it from its ill-fated social media IPO brethren.
When most people think of a hyped social media stock gone public, they think of Facebook. After the world's most hyped IPO turned out to be a dunce, most investors probably don't even want to think about shares of Facebook. But there are things every investor needs to know about this company. We've outlined them in our newest premium research report. There's a lot more to Facebook than meets the eye, so read up on whether there is anything to "like" about it today, and we'll tell you whether we think Facebook deserves a place in your portfolio. Access your report by clicking here.