Imagine if Twitter became a Google App

Imagine if Twitter became a Google App

Summary: I'm slowly but surely becoming a social media geek, and keep looking for ways to make use of slick Web 2.0 tools like Twitter and Ning in the classroom.

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I'm slowly but surely becoming a social media geek, and keep looking for ways to make use of slick Web 2.0 tools like Twitter and Ning in the classroom. Now, the announcement that Google has made themselves a Twitter account has fueled some serious speculation that Google just might be looking to acquire the microblogging platform.

As a PC World article puts it,

There's no doubt that both the business and consumer world see an interest in what Twitter has to offer. That said, is Google going to pull a YouTube and swoop in to make a bid for the site's growing search capabilities? Would a partnership with Google finally give Twitter access to a successful advertising platform and, more importantly, a continued revenue stream that the company has sought since its inception?

Who knows how such an acquisition might actually come together? However, if I ran the world, Twitter would be integrated into Google Apps. I've talked a fair amount about the use of Twitter in the classroom; now imagine if it was just one more application in a suite using a common login for students and teachers. Following a Twitter stream in a class would be as easy as opening your Gmail and accessible through the same portal. For Edu Apps (or any Apps for your Domain account), it would be incredibly easy to limit traffic to only Tweets from your domain, helping reduce the distractions of outside conversations.

Add Google's search capabilities and potential integration with Google Talk, Gmail, or even Docs and you have yet another killer cloud application.

Go for it, Google. Buy Twitter...just make sure you let it stay Twitter in the same way you let YouTube stay YouTube and figure out how to integrate microblogging into Apps while you're at it.

Topics: Cloud, Browser, Collaboration, Google, Social Enterprise

Christopher Dawson

About Christopher Dawson

Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

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  • Brilliant

    This makes TOO much sense. Twitter and Google would be natural partners, and I wouldn't doubt that behind the scenes there is some chatter going on about this. We shall see.

    -Craig
    http://www.twitter.com/ckanal
    Founder/editor http://www.breakingtweets.com
    ckanal
  • No advertising

    Twitter is backed by a large trust fund of money. I don't want my microblogger to slow down with the google sidebar advertising.

    This will be one time I go against the current.
    Maarek Stele
  • What Google has to fear...

    Good article.

    I have blogged on this today too over at ZDNet UK: http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10012244o-2000561249b,00.htm

    I think Google has much to fear from Twitter, if only it could get itself more organised.

    Ian Hendry
    CEO, WeCanDo.BIZ
    http://www.wecando.biz
    ianhendry
  • I would love it!

    I totally agree: Google should try to do this. It would be
    so useful to have the same login, and with the geniuses at
    Google helping improve Twitter, it could only get better.
    Google is awesome!
    And it would be even more useful for apps than regular
    users because the potential for integration is huge. I
    would be able to tell my domain (or restrict it to a group)
    about what is going on at a meeting or a conference. I love
    this idea!
    Californian
  • RE: Imagine if Twitter became a Google App

    Check out my cartoon on this story at:
    http://www.pcdisorder.com/2009/03/google-test-driving-twitter.html
    soluto