By Jonathan Davies

Twitter has beaten expectations in the fourth quarter, despite reporting a loss of $125m (£89m).

It comes after revenues nearly doubled to $479m. But there was disappointment for Twitter in its new users. The social network managed to add 288 million new users, a 20% rise on the same period last year. But it was just four million up on the previous quarter.

Twitter said it lost four million users due to integrating third party apps.

Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo said: "The trend thus far in [the first quarter] leads us to believe that the absolute number of net users added in [the first quarter] will be similar to what we saw during the first three quarters of 2014."

On a conference call with media to discuss the results, Mr Costolo also confirmed a partnership with Google, but refused to expand on the details.

Some reports have suggested that the partnership with Google will see tweets feature higher in Google searches.

Before the figures were published, a memo was leaked in which Mr Costolo admitted that Twitter 'sucks' at protecting its users from abuse.

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