Finance Twitter (or FinTwit) refers to the community of Twitter users that talk about stocks. The wonderful thing about finance Twitter is that it curates unique investment insights that would be difficult to find elsewhere. It’s a great way to find out about original research from the blogosphere, such as John Hempton’s work on the functionality (or lack thereof) of Flotek’s iPad app. Hempton’s blog post immediately caused $FTK stock to fall by more than a fifth, highlighting the growing ability of bloggers and activists to move markets. If you want to stay on top of all market-moving information, you should start thinking about Twitter.
FinTwit is also a great source of news, analysis, and stock ideas. Many Twitter accounts like @ActivistShorts and @ValueWalk will post news geared specifically towards equity analysts with a narrower focus than mainstream financial news outlets like CNBC. Portfolio managers, analysts and serious individual investors will post news updates and analysis on companies they follow. Many analysts will post elevator pitches of their stock ideas, looking for feedback and criticism. And it shouldn’t be surprising that many activist short sellers use Twitter to disseminate their campaigns, some of which spice up your stock quotes.
Here’s our guide on how to get started with Finance Twitter. We’ve categorized the most popular FinTwit accounts to help you follow whatever it is that interests you the most.