As 7-year-old Twitter goes public with an offering on the New York Stock Exchange, some of the big day's most singular moments will -- most appropriately -- be recorded for posterity on Twitter itself.
The company's founders, though present on the trading room floor Thursday morning, left the actual bell-ringing moment to some of its most inspiring users: actor Patrick Stewart, 9-year-old entrepreneur Vivienne Harr, and Cheryl Fiandaca of the Boston Police Department. Back in San Francisco, Twitter's employees gathered for the 6:30 a.m. PT occasion at the company's headquarters, which was also documented on Twitter, of course.
On Wednesday, Twitter had set its IPO price at $26 per share. But in a burst of investor enthusiasm at 7:50 a.m PT Thursday, TWTR shares opened at $45.10.
What follows are just a sampling of the string of tweets before, during, and after the #ring tweeted 'round the world. Some of the tweeters include Stewart, Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov, Twitter comm guy Will Stickney, the NYSE Event Specialist Steve Aikens, Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey, and several other Twitter staffers.
Vivienne with the man who created the very platform that helped her moment become a movement. pic.twitter.com/rff4QX9VHR— MAKE A STAND (@vivienneharr) November 7, 2013
Twitter execs arrive at NYSE pic.twitter.com/RmICKP2yhh— Rus Yusupov (@rus) November 7, 2013
Here we go. pic.twitter.com/U4vmYKRbGD— Will Stickney (@WillStick) November 7, 2013
??— Rus Yusupov (@rus) November 7, 2013
— (NYX) NYSE Euronext (@NYSEEuronext) November 7, 2013