You always hurt the ones you love.
That bullying boy in kindergarten, tugging on a girl's pigtails until she cries? He's got it bad for her. He just can't express it yet. Similarly, Google's
In referring to Twitter and its kind as little more than a "poor man's email systems," Schmidt is simply protecting his turf. With "Twittering" replacing "Googling" as the media's Web verb of choice these days, it's hardly surprising that the search giant would start getting defensive.
Google isn't really taunting Twitter -- it's negotiating. Taking Twitter down a few pegs helps drive a lower price and soothes antitrust regulator concerns. And if history is any kind of dependable professor, Google is now three weeks away from swallowing Twitter whole.
Wait, hear me out!
On Oct. 1, 2007, Microsoft's
That may seem like a hypocritical thing for Ballmer to say, given how Microsoft angles for pimply teens with its Xbox 360 and Zune. Sure enough, three weeks after taunting the social-networking site, Microsoft announced its $240 million investment for a piece of Facebook.
This is how it works, people. When there's a perceived threat, you poke it with a stick. If it moves -- and you're a cash-rich company -- you buy it. You saw it happen when eBay
You always hurt the ones you love? Sure, but you also always buy the ones you need. Enjoy these last few weeks of being single, Twitter.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz remembers when social networks were an offline endeavor. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also a member of the Rule Breakers analytical team, seeking out the next great growth stock early in its defiance. Do you like the Fool's disclosure policy? Check yes or no.