Rumor: Google to acquire Twitter in the near future

Since its creation, Twitter has become a massive hit, not only with regular consumers but with celebrities and businesses too. Google, not one to be left behind, has noticed this and rumors are flying that the search giant is currently in talks with Twitter regarding a buyout.

Multiple sources have told TechCrunch that the negotiations are in early stages, as well as late stages. That is, different sources are reporting different rumors, but one thing is clear: chances are high of Google owning Twitter. Recently, Twitter turned down offers of Facebook buying them out, for $500 million dollar. This suggests that Google is offering a price far more significant than this. Additionally, one of the TechCrunch sources has stated that Google and Twitter are also working together to make a "Google real time search engine."

So, why would Google want to own Twitter? Well, they currently don't have anything that is like what Twitter offers. Not only that, but as mentioned, Twitter is very well established. Personally, I would have liked to see Twitter remain independent, but perhaps an acquisition would be a good thing. What does Neowin think?

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Better Google by it than a company that hasn't got a clue about the internet, the way it's going with all the celebrities and media hype around Twitter, i can see some big media company buying it out and killing it stone dead.
Google knows what it is doing with the net.

As much as i like things to stay small and independent, Twitter is way past that stage already and will flounder under it's own weight without financial and helpful back up.

So in the midst of an economic crisis Google likes to remind us that they have SO MUCH money they don't even know what to do with it. Unfortunately, Twitter will become irrelevant much more rapidly than Google but if they keep on "enhancing" (selling) people's Internet experience they can make their money back quickly.

Google got YouTube and it got very commercial quick and went down hill IMO. I like Google search but this is getting stupid.

I am on Twitter, but I find that when you are following a lot of people managing that information becomes a chore. Unless I'm missing something do most people just ignore the main feed of updates from everyone and just focus on the people they want to read about by clicking on them or searching? I'll admit I'm still trying to make it something I can use but I find it overwhelming.

I have the same problem. I have friends, then I have news and other crap. I miss out on friends tweets because of the others tweeting every 2 minutes.

Google? I thought MS started working with twitter already... I'm seeing MS getting twitter and merging it into facebook and windows live.

Personally I don't care about twitter but most of the stuff Google does fails, even youtube became abysmal lately, with endless buffering issues and localized content that fails, with half the results ending up to be faux videos.

What about Docs? Orkut? Half of their stuff stays in the perpetual beta..they have Search, pretty much nothing else. They are going to put ads everywhere on Twitter? Get the **** out of here.

Windows7even said,
wasn't april fools 2 days ago? :)-

Indeed it was. Why are still thinking about it then? April 1st is so 2days ago.

The fact is, someone will buy Twitter in time, that's what happens (as it did with MySpace etc).

Twitter are suffering from lack of funds and decent servers, quite often the service goes down, so a buyout would help improve the service (short term anyway!).

FoxieFoxie said,
This is not rumor, it's a guess.

Same as I say: Rumor: MS to aquire ad network soon


Two sources have said it's happening; that, to me, is a rumor.

Sam Symons Live said,

Two sources have said it's happening; that, to me, is a rumor.


And 2nd one took info frmo techcrunch as well, right?

Baked said,
I hope they buy it and close it down or they ruin it....It's crap a waste of bandwidth.

Though a lot of it seems like a waste of time, it's excellent at disseminating news quickly.

Baked said,
It's crap a waste of bandwidth.

That is simply your opinion, and your post should be altered to reflect that. Your opinion is not the opinion of everyone, yet your post reads as if you're pointing out the gospel truth. That is very bad form, and is disappointing on many levels.

Baked said,
I hope they buy it and close it down or they ruin it....It's crap a waste of bandwidth.

crap and a waste of bandwidth ? - wow, you ought to let Google know before they invest in the most increasing popular service on the internet right now.

Whilst you're at it, perhaps you could email the millions that don't think it's crap that they should stop using it.

Well done my friend.

Exosphere said,
crap and a waste of bandwidth ? - wow, you ought to let Google know before they invest in the most increasing popular service on the internet right now.

Whilst you're at it, perhaps you could email the millions that don't think it's crap that they should stop using it.

Well done my friend.

+1

A large number of blogs are utterly worthless, same goes for Twitter accounts. It's a good service but the nifty thing called filters is gift from God when dealing with this type of information flow.

Baked said,
I hope they buy it and close it down or they ruin it....It's crap a waste of bandwidth.


It is, indeed. But 99% of internet people love to waste time :-)

michael.dobrofsky said,
Don't do it, Google! Waste of $$$$$$.

I fail to see how it's a waste of money. Twitter is just getting bigger and bigger, and yes... it could be a fad... but it's still going to gain Google more $$$ in the long run.

They are probably looking for something to push the use of Google Talk, wouldn't be surprised to see a merge of the 2 if this became reality.

IMHO, it's good either way. Twitter has grown at outstanding numbers in the past year alone, and if Google owns it, I could see it growing at the same speed if not more, but only if Google actually mass promotes it like they have been doing with Google Chrome.

I use twitter daily to keep up with friends, as well as some celebrities that I know, and with Google... they could easily keep up with server loads, since that has been a problem with Twitter since the get-go. (Yes, they have gotten better, but I still get errors from too many people updating their status. Also with Google, the new search function would get enhanced a great deal. So good luck Google. Just don't trash this site like the last attempt at a social network please.

Every social network thing Google has brought out has died miserably. Poor twitter, I hope they don't go for it.

bobbit said,
Every social network thing Google has brought out has died miserably. Poor twitter, I hope they don't go for it.

Orkut does extremely well in Brazil & India

I don't see how a different company owning it makes a difference. They won't change the name. If anything it will have a more secure/stable service.