Twitter vs. Facebook IPO: The Wrap and Brian Solis on How the Micro-Blog Dressed Up to Win Over Wall Street

Brent Lang and Sara Morrison of The Wrap analyzed Twitter’s opening day on NYSE. To better understand why Twitter outperformed expectations compared to Facebook, the duo reached out to Brian Solis for comment.

“The debacle that was the Facebook IPO showed Twitter what not to do,” Brian Solis, a digital analyst at the research and advisory firm Altimeter Group, said. “Twitter approached the market more conservatively. They did a great job of surpassing expectations and they did so by setting the bar lower.”

“Now that Twitter has a significant number of shareholders, one of its greatest challenges will be to protect its user experience against shareholder expectations,” Solis said. “These are discerning consumers and you need to keep them interested and active in the face of an ever shifting social media landscape. They need to put their users first and foremost ahead of monetization.”

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Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. More so, he humanizes technology’s causal effect to help people see people differently and understand what to do about it. He is an award-winning author and avid keynote speaker who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation and innovation.

Brian has authored several best-selling books including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business as Usual. His blog,, is ranked as a leading resource for insights into the future of business, new technology and marketing.

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