What's the #TWITTERIPO buzz on Twitter?

Thu Nov 7, 2013 7:52pm EST
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By Malathi Nayak

SAN FRANCISCO Nov 7 (Reuters) - As Twitter Inc had its coming-out party on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, the micro-blogging service exploded with a flurry of enthusiastic, lyrical and snarky tweets during the stock's frenzied rally.

Seeing the stock start trading without a hitch, Anthony Noto, @anthonynoto, the Goldman Sachs banker who led the initial public offering, wrote a simple tweet: "Phew!"

An hour after the opening bell rang on the New York Stock Exchange, more than 16,000 tweets cited Twitter's ticker symbol "TWTR," according to social media intelligence firm Crimson Hexagon. The company itself listed "$TWTR" and "Twitter IPO" among the most popular trending topics on its site.

From its investor roadshow through Thursday, a steady stream of tweets carried hashtags like #TWTRIPO and #IPO, discussing Twitter's IPO price and the merits of buying the shares. The stock priced at $26 and soared about 73 percent to $44.90 on its first day of trading.

Here are some tweets that captured the buzz around the company's Wall Street debut:

Twitter has touted how celebrities love to use its service and a handful of them tweeted shout-outs to the company:

* Sir Patrick Stewart, @SirPatStew, star of the American sci-fi TV show "Star Trek: The Next-Generation," tweeted shortly after he joined Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo and co-founders Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey to ring the opening bell at the NYSE: "Honored to join @ev @jack @biz @dickc & the @Twitter team at their historic IPO this morning. #Ring!"