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Twitter ended the year on a fascinating run

Twitter ended the year on a fascinating run
From TechCrunch - December 31, 2017

Its been pretty easy to point at Twitter and, with each quarterly moment when it discloses its financial guts, let out a long exasperated sigh.

Twitter since going public at a now in retrospect astounding valuation has for much of its public life been quite the disappointment to Wall Street. But then something interesting happened in the back half of 2017: it went on a rather spectacular run, and though ending on abit of a slump, it looks like it could finish the year up more than 25 percentwhich, by Twitter terms, is pretty good.

Much of that is thanks to a(finally) good report in October this year and a blessing from a Wall Street firm, but we could potentially chalk upgetting to those events to some actual things Twitter has done. The product updates havent been absolutely transformative (like the earth-shattering bump to a 280-character limitper tweet), but since the introduction of the algorithmic timeline last year, it would seem that Twitter is getting slightly less allergic to changes to its core producteven if it alienates part of its very loud user base.

Twitter has also seemingly begun taking more action when it comes to enforcing new rules around harassment and abuse, a problem that has been hounding the company for years and is even more visible this year. Earlier this month it said it would begin enforcing new rules around how it handles hateful conduct and abusive behavior. Twitters strategy here has been often opaque, and while itll take a while to reach some kind of middle ground, its actuallydoing stuff.

Anddoing stuff, it seems, is currently enough for Twitter to figure out how to get a nice up-and-to-the-right-ish chart like this one:

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