How Much Is That Social Media Company in the Window?

Now that LinkedIn has taken the plunge and gone public, the company is valued at approximately 45 times the amount of revenue it generates annually—meaning there is a bit of a disconnect between its estimated market cap and its actual profits. LinkedIn's massive windfall has "people who know things" speculating about an imminent wave of similar IPOs from social media companies that investors may be grossly overvaluing.

The Atlantic has an interesting charticle analysis showing the revenue-valuation ratio of the most popular social networking companies. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not there's another tech bubble swelling, or if these companies will indeed grow as astronomically as expected.

Of note:

• Twitter currently has the highest revenue-valuation ratio, with an annual revenue of $150 million, and a valuation of $7.7 billion
• Facebook is expecting a $100 billion valuation by 2012. It also has the highest current annual revenue—$2 billion.
• Color Labs was founded in 2010, and currently has no annual revenue. It is now valued at $41 million.
• The oldest company—Skype—has one of the lowest revenue-valuation ratios, with a valuation 9.8 times its annual revenue.

Head over to The Atlantic to read the whole article.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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