Twitter vs. Facebook, by the numbers

Twitter filed to go public today. Now, for the first time, it's possible to see how its financials and user numbers stack up to those of its chief rival.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo (left) and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Twitter formally filed to go public today, a move that means for the first time, the company's financials are available for any and all to see.

As the company prepares to raise $1 billion in its IPO, it's worth taking a look at how Twitter's revenue, profit, and user numbers stack up against those of its chief rival, Facebook. (The comparative metrics, however, are a little different, as you can see below.)

To be sure, there's never been any doubt that Facebook is a far bigger company, with revenue and user numbers that (so far) dwarf Twitter's. Now, after years of relying on less-than-official looks at Twitter's performance, it's possible to see exactly how the social-networking/microblogging company has been doing:

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