Twitter still has a growth problem

A Twitter logo is seen on a computer screen on November 20, 2017. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

If you read enough of the news, you would possibly assume that Twitter (and its CEO) is laying dead within the water for all to see. But, in its most recent financial statements, the corporate is proudly declaring that it isn’t dead yet, and may not be for some time. Within the last 3 months, Twitter’s user numbers rebounded and its operating financial gain continued its slow, but steady, rise.

According to its own, slightly opaque math, Twitter went from 126 million to 134 million daily users within the last 3months. Those are “Monetizable Daily Active Users,” namely people who use the site on a daily basis and that ads can be sold against. Twitter’s domestic user figures went from twenty seven million last quarter to twenty-eight million in this, however saw international usage leap from ninety nine million in q4 to one hundred and five million now.

Twitter’s Monthly Active User figures have rebounded, too, from a low of 321 million last quarter to 330 million in this. But, judging on the longer term, it looks as if Twitter has found a natural ceiling in the number of people willing to sign up to, and use, its service. For now, this 330-or-so million user limit isn’t hurting the bottom line; however it could be a problem if advertisers choose to take their money elsewhere.

On the finance aspect, the corporate saw its operating income rise from $75 million within the same period last year to $94 million now. In fact, operating income has increased steadily in every quarter bar the last, once a bumper holiday quarter skewed the figures. This slow however steady growth ought to please investors, however Twitter has told investors not to expect those numbers not to get much larger in future.

And Twitter says that it’s work to improve the health of its famously-toxic conversation is functioning, too, with a marked increase in takedowns. That, and the experimental Twitter app, are signs that, the company says, point to a brighter future for the site. This is timely, given that various regulators in various countries are looking to hold Twitter more accountable for the things its users publish and share, no matter how famous they’re.’