Cash or Trash: Twitter

June 3rd, 2008 | Categories: cash or trash

Today’s “Cash or Trash” company is Twitter.

Twitter logo

In every Cash or Trash post, I will name a well-known web 2.0 company. Readers will then have to decide whether the company is worth investing in or whether it’s doomed for bankruptcy. In other words, would you invest cash in the company or do you think it should be thrown in the trash?

Provide a brief argument as to why or why not you would invest in the company in the comments. Debating and arguing is highly recommended and encouraged, as long as arguments are well sought-out and thorough.

A couple of points to keep in mind:

  • Determine whether you would invest at TODAY’S valuation. Forget past growth. In other words, do you still think the company has a lot of upside potential?
  • Don’t treat your ‘cash’ like play money. Would you actually see yourself investing in the company if given the opportunity to purchase shares?
  • If you are not familiar with the company or service, refrain from posting until you try the service.

For previous Cash or Trash companies, visit the Cash or Trash category.

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  1. Michael Bhatti Says:


  2. Mark Evans Says:

    Trash - Love the service but still can’t see how Twitter is going to introduce a business plans that will turn a service into a business. I’m not big on the idea of advertising or a monthly fee to guarantee higher-quality service. Twitter’s only salvation is being acquired.

  3. Adam Says:

    I have to throw in my vote for CASH. Twitter’s service, though being increasingly duplicated, still offers a simple and direct way to communicate with potentially thousands of interested followers. While I use it to convey thoughts and links to friends, I could easily see an application for a product or service.

    As for ad revenue, a model in which every 50 tweets an ad is inserted (based on the content of past tweets to and from others) would work for me. This would be relatively unobtrusive and if it was needed to keep the service alive, I’d get used to it (hey, I got used to tuning out Facebook minifeed ads already).

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  5. Sean Says:

    Twitter is a great tool that a lot of people have come to rely on. However, I don’t see them ever making money. I don’t think anyone would actually pay for it, and they’re so anti-advertising that it’s just ridiculous. Well, those are really the only two ways to make money, so I don’t see them ever being profitable, which means they will eventually have to shut down, or get bought out by Google/etc to keep it free and pure.

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  7. marblejars Says:

    Wow, tried to use twitcher today for the first time, could not even confirm my account because they cant even send verification email to independant domains…. This is noted in the tech support section on twitcher, it’s just crazy how a company like this with this amount of funding can even launch a twitcher like this….. LOL…. Cheers…

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