Now, make no mistake. Twitter still made less money than it did a year ago—its revenue declined eight per cent year over year. But because of, uh, a lack of investor confidence, it still beat analyst expectations by a wide margin.
As TechCrunch notes, Wall Street expected the company to earn one cent per share on $511.9 million in revenue. Instead, the company earned 11 cents a share on $548 million in revenue. Somewhere, Jack Dorsey is fist pumping in an empty office.
Importantly for Twitter, it also added nine million monthly active users, bringing the company to 328 million active monthly users. That’s a lot of people, but it pales in comparison to other social networks. Instagram, for example, decided to drive the knife in a little bit deeper and announced today it now has 700 million monthly users.
On the earnings call front, Twitter said that its efforts to curb harassment haven’t had any demonstrable impact on its user figures, because harassers are “a very small percentage” of Twitter’s user base. It just feels like Twitter is full of arseholes, but really, the company wants us to know that everything is just fine!
Look, normally, when a company’s earnings are down 8 per cent year over year, that’s not a reason to celebrate. But when you’re Twitter and everything else has been going to shit, beating the meagre expectations Wall Street put on you because the bar is so low you can finally crawl over it is a reason to cheer. Or at least, like, whisper loudly.