Google, Facebook Eye Twitter, Price Tag: $10B

Social network valuations head to the sky
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 3:22 AM CST
Updated Feb 10, 2011 6:43 AM CST
Insiders say Twitter believes it can become a $100 billion company.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Facebook and Google are among the companies circling Twitter and considering a colossal buyout deal, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal. The talks haven't gone anywhere yet, but the price under discussion is somewhere between $8 billion and $10 billion—roughly 100 times the amount of revenue Twitter, which lost money last year as it invested in expansion, expects to earn this year.

The rumored price tag is more than double the $3.7 billion Twitter was valued at in December. High valuations for tech sites have spurred sites including LinkedIn and Groupon—which recently rebuffed a $6 billion offer from Google—to plan public offerings for this year. "Are these prices justifiable based on financial multiples? No," says a venture capital analyst. But the sites are building social networks and have plenty of data on their users, and "the market is valuing that mightily right now."

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