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If Twitter is a wire service, then Google's
The effort was a success, and it was reminiscent of Twitter circa 2008, when the microblogger made headlines for its role in helping to report attacks in Mumbai, India. At that time, unsubstantiated hearsay mixed with eyewitness accounts to create a compelling -- if confusing -- account. Big Media hasn't been the same since.
G+ doesn't face the same controversy. As MediaBistro's Ethan Klapper rightly points out, the Google-y network is an "all-in-one" solution that combines elements of Skype, Twitter, and Facebook. The combination is what allowed KOMU-TV reporter and anchor Sarah Hill to gather sources quickly, and then, with a few clicks, go straight into a multisource interview.
Whether this ought to matter to Google investors isn't yet clear. But I imagine it's awfully disruptive to Twitter, which can only watch as its IPO window closes. Investors once enthralled by hot names such as LinkedIn
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