Company: Twitter, Inc.
Brand Value: $7,639 Million
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Year on Year Change: 26%
Year Formed: 2006
Twitter is a news and social networking service that originally allowed users to post “tweets” or messages of only 140 characters (the same as the length of a standard text message). While this number was doubled in 2017, the site is known for the quick sharing of links to headlines, breaking news stories, and images. As with many social networks, Twitter has come under fire for the rampant sharing of untrue stories, known as “fake news,” and the large number of fake accounts with links to foreign intelligence services. However, it is increasingly a much-used source of breaking news, often providing much faster information on natural disasters and other events than traditional news services. It is also heavily used by celebrities and politicians to speak directly to their fans or constituents— with its most notable user being none other than Donald J. Trump.