Signs suggest that Twitter will go public sooner rather than later, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.
For one example, Tim says, look at Vine. The short-video service attracted 3.6 million views in May, up from 77,000 in January. That's astounding growth, and it's attracting imitators. Facebook's (NASDAQ: FB ) , Instagram photo-sharing service recently added short video. Twitter could cash in on the opportunity Vine represents via a public offering.
Should you care if it does? Definitely, Tim says. IPOs are still among the market's best investment opportunities. The FTSE Renaissance IPO Composite Index, compiled and maintained by Renaissance Capital, is up more than 33% so far this year, versus 19% for the S&P 500.
Meanwhile, social data has become more important with the slow decay of RSS feeds and Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG ) decision to kill Reader. At the very least, "shares" via the major networks have become a sort of filter for determining what's important in the zeitgeist. LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD ) is trying to cash in on the shift with the personalized and socially powered news service it calls LinkedIn Today.
Would Twitter have similar success? Would you pay up for IPO shares in hopes of cashing in on one of the market's best investment opportunities? Leave a comment to let us know what you think.
And if you're still a social-media skeptic, consider that The Motley Fool's chief technology officer is putting $117,238 of his own money on the line investing in one social stock that's growing twice as fast as Google and Facebook, and more than three times as fast as Amazon.com and Apple. Find out more in this jaw-dropping investor alert video. Just click here to watch now!