When I wrote that Google
Well, I may have been fashionably early, but the joke isn't funny anymore.
TechCrunch reports that three different unnamed sources claim that Google and Twitter are indeed negotiating a buyout. That wouldn't be a surprise, since Twitter's founders also sold Blogger.com to Google. Wouldn't it be cheaper for Google to just hire Evan Williams and Biz Stone, sparing itself future buyouts? It let Williams get away five years ago. Big mistake!
This may not be a buyout at all, though. The two companies may simply wind up brokering a paid-search deal, now that Twitter is serious about beefing up its search functionality.
If you're Microsoft, you can't afford to let Google get away with either a search deal or a full-on purchase. Even rivals that aren't typically as catty, like Yahoo!
Facebook is looking for a chief financial officer "with public company experience," so it's likely going the IPO route later this year. That leaves Twitter as the best Web 2.0 company potentially available, after News Corp.
It doesn't matter whether Google wants all of Twitter, or just dibs on its search engine. Big Goo must be stopped, especially now that my fake countdown clock is starting to feel all too real.
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