Google buy Twitter? Probably not the best move.

Google buy Twitter? Probably not the best move.

Summary: Yesterday, Twitter announced that it was incorporating search and trends features into its home page - a move that allows users to dig deeper into the real-time conversations occurring in the Twittersphere. There's valuable information there - as people chime in on current events, natural disasters, or even American Idol performances in real-time.

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Yesterday, Twitter announced that it was incorporating search and trends features into its home page - a move that allows users to dig deeper into the real-time conversations occurring in the Twittersphere. There's valuable information there - as people chime in on current events, natural disasters, or even American Idol performances in real-time.

Who better to want to tap into that vast database of real-people, real-time conversations than the search giant itself: Google.

Techcrunch, citing two unnamed sources, posted a rumor late Thursday that Google was in the 'late-stages" of talks to acquire Twitter. Later, that post cited a third source who said that the discussions are at the early stage.

Also see: Twitter: A fine 'pre-business' but un-monetizable and a deadly acquisition target

A rumor is a rumor so you have to take it for what it's worth. Still, the idea isn't all that crazy. Twitter has growing membership base of people who are using the microblogging service for a variety of reasons, including a replacement to RSS feeds. Those different usage models are what's making Twitter that much more valuable today. That's made it valuable - both as a platform and as an aggregator of content.

If, in fact, Twitter is in acquisiton talks with Google or anyone else, it may be in a position to play hard-to-get - and should. As much as an acquisition like this might make sense in some respects, the timing is wrong.  Twitter is just now starting to hit the mainstream and really hasn't found its groove just yet. The growth we're seeing today may look like small potatoes to the growth that could come tomorrow. And the usage trends, as well as new business models, are just starting to be realized, as well

Also see:

A Twitter conference: not as silly as it sounds Twitter's active users grow 900% in one year

    Twitter has already once rejected an acquisition bid from Facebook, largely because it was based on an over-valuation of Facebook. At the time, that was the right call. I think it still is.

    The update to the Techcrunch post also notes that the companies may work together on a real time search engine.

    That would be better.

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    • Pay how much its worth

      Ten bucks. Google spent millions on MySpace - only to have Facebook rise out of nowhere. Don't you think that if Google bought Twitter, some other service would pop up? It's not rocket science to do what Twitter has done. Just how different is Twitter from a large email distribution list? Actually how different is Twitter from the NeWS service? It is not revolutionary - thus it ain't worth big bucks.
      Roger Ramjet
      • the value is in the user base

        And twitter has a large and VERY loyal user base. Twitterers have stuck by the service in the face of periods of constant Fail Whales and losing features-- IM seemed to be a favorite for many.

        When Google bought YouTube there were many other video sites-- including their own. Since then even more have popped up. But YouTube means online video to the masses and Twitter means microblogging to the masses.

        ericesque
    • Jaiku

      The interesting thing here is that Google already owns a microblogging service-- Jaiku. They acquired them years ago but have not re-branded the service or done anything notable with it.

      ericesque
    • Why On Earth Buy Twitter?

      Wow, if Google buys Twitter then I would like to add a REALLY DUMB move.

      YouTube has worked out spectacular in that it has added very little to the bottom line.

      What will Twitter do? NOTHING... Twitter is using the business model, survive as long as one can while finding somebody to buy out the company...

      Wow...
      serpentmage
    • Yes they should buy it, just like YouTube

      and it will make a fortune. Buwahahahaha
      No_Ax_to_Grind
    • RE: Google buy Twitter? Probably not the best move.

      Sure why not? Google is knowing for wasting its money. Its got how many employees on the payroll who sit around and play with office toys all day? To Larry and Sergy its just another way to lose shareholders and money.
      Loverock Davidson
      • There are about (or at least) 340 less employees now.

        From <a href=http://news.cnet.com/tech-layoffs/>public disclosure</a>, they have cut 340 people, left the TV/radio market and reduced their recruiter pool by 300. And investors have watched the stock go up (bet you missed the chance to buy in when it was below $200).
        B.O.F.H.
    • You all know why the do this right?

      They do it so MS can come along like sheep and sink tons of cash into trying to compete for no reason whatsoever instead of the places where they stand to get run out of the market like WinMo. Its a pretty neat tactic.
      storm14k
    • Google acquired Jaiku, sort of a Twitter with channels.

      For those not aware of it, Google acquired <a href=http://www.jaiku.com/>Jaiku</a>, a sort of Twitter clone with channel support (currently #3 in the market). Besides, Twitter runs on Amazon Web Services (and people would miss the fail whale). Further, regarding twitter users... <a href=http://current.com/items/89891774/supernews_twouble_with_twitters.htm>this cartoon pretty much sums it up</a>. (Someone should create a similar one for Google Jaiku.)
      B.O.F.H.
    • How does Twitter make money?

      What's the income source? Plenty of eyeballs, but is any money coming in?
      CharlieSpencer
    • Microsoft release clone of Twitter

      Word on the street is that Microsoft are about to release an innovative system for distributing virus, worms and trojans. It'll be called 'Tw@tter' and you'll need to buy a Windows PC to run it properly
      whisperycat
      • No, I'm not going there.

        Too many punchlines to this one, and some might get my account closed.
        CharlieSpencer
      • LMAO!!!!

        Man the anti-Microbrains are in full force today lol.
        storm14k
      • sounds like a

        porno.
        xXSpeedzXx
    • Would someone flush some Google cash my way?

      I can lose millions of dollars too and have no viable business plan. Just send me your bank account number and I'll just take what I need, OK?
      ThePrairiePrankster
    • RE: Google buy Twitter? Probably not the best move.

      I think this is a smart move. You see, Google does not like competition at all imo. They see the best way to keep their reign in preventing heavy competition as much as possible. now they can't kick yahoo or MS off the track, but they can seize the emerging powers before they are too big. Remember, When google expands its operation by such a measure, many of those twitter ppl will potentially be using more and more google services as time goes by, making googles income potential higher.
      marent-22833059731220713809064907006984
      • MS is no different.

        "Oh hey this is kind of nifty project let me stea- uhh... yeah buy that from you."
        xXSpeedzXx
    • RE: Google buy Twitter? Probably not the best move.

      I view any attempt by Google to buy Twitter as a hostile takeover attempt. Now whether the Twitter organization could *defend* itself against such an attempt is quite another matter.

      Quite frankly, if Google is looking for a place to spend money, they should take a look at picking up a Linux vendor like Novell or Mandriva. If I had that kind of cash, that's what I'd be buying.
      znmeb
    • RE: Google buy Twitter? Probably not the best move.

      "The update to the Techcrunch post also notes that the companies may work together on a real time search engine.

      That would be better."

      Agree and if FB and Twitter get together somehow some way. It may create the largest network ever to date.
      xstep
    • RE: Google buy Twitter? Probably not the best move.

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