Written by:2009/04/04 08:17 AM
With all the hype around Google and Twitter one has to wonder what on earth is going on. Rumours surfaced that Google where in high level talks to Acquire Twitter. Then posts started to appear to the contrary. Then a middle ground appeared.
With no real comment from either Google or Twitter, rumour will continue to surface. Sources that cannot be named could, and should not be counted as credible.
Once source said, "In fact, Twitter and Google have simply been engaged in 'some product-related discussions around real-time search and the search giant better crawling the microblogging service." Seems like Google and Twitter might be in talks around a partnership now.
"It should come as no surprise that Twitter engages in discussions with other companies regularly and on a variety of subjects," Biz Stone, Twitter's co-founder, said.
Sources say CEO Evan Williams wouldn't sell even for $1 billion. "He may blink, but he wouldn't do it," said one source. The question that needs to be asked, Would Google pay more than $1 billion for Twitter? Who knows? But if I were Microsoft I would be wise by Putting in a bid as well. Now if Microsoft and Google, two giants in the internet world, start bidding, then $!billion is nothing.
Google may also be concerned with antitrust issues around any major search-related acquisition. Remember the hype that Microsoft went through. Someone's nose is surely to be put out of joint because of all this. But you say Twitter is a SN not Search Engine. You would be wrong. Twitter has great opportunity to become a live search engine. What with all the information it has in its database from all the live feeds, and with the announcement of its upcoming Twitter Discovery Engine.
What is clear from my recent conversations with various Google people that they’re watching Twitter very closely and are intrigued. Whatever happens, watch this space.
Interesting though isn't it. If Google were to buy Twitter, what would it be called. Twoogle? Do you have any other good names to mention?
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