SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter priced its shares at $26 each late Wednesday, setting the stage for one of the largest technology initial public offerings ever. "We just priced our IPO" the company tweeted, attaching a screen shot of the offering announcement.

When the markets open Thursday morning, Twitter will officially become a public company. The microblogging service begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange starting at 9:30 a.m. ET under the ticker symbol TWTR. Here are five things you need to 

Now that Twitter has a market capitalization of at least $24.9 billion, more than a few of the social network's 230 million users have noticed their tweets are making other people rich. Many people want their cut. So what would that be exactly? TIME

As the offering date for Twitter approached, the bankers could not seem to make up their minds on the pricing, with the offering price rising from $17-$20..

NEW YORK — Was Twitter's rocket launch into the stock tweet-o-sphere the latest sign that the U.S. stock market is getting frothy? It's been a super-bullish, some would say too-bullish, year on Wall Street. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is up more


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