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.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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