Google and Twitter
May 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm #72486
INTERESTING, at least to me, commentary
Google’s all aTwitter
Posted by Levi Sumagaysay on May 20th, 2009 at 12:47 pm
Some may not believe Twitter’s a Google killer. And that’s a fair assessment: Google’s reach extends further. Twitter doesn’t bring users YouTube, e-mail, street-level maps, documents, spreadsheets, books, heck, the Earth.
But Google executives certainly seem to believe Twitter’s a serious threat to search, because lately they have been gushing about the microblogging service left and right. And this isn’t the first time there has been noise about the Internet search giant’s interest in Twitter. (See Google plus Twitter equals a motherlode of fodder.) The latest example: Google CEO Eric Schmidt yesterday dropped hints about a possible partnership with Twitter, according to the Telegraph. But don’t think megadeal. Schmidt was quoted as saying: “We do not have to buy everybody to work with them.”
The previous day, Google co-founder Larry Page talked about his admiration for Twitter. The notable quote: “I have always thought we needed to index the web every second to allow real time search. At first, my team laughed and did not believe me. With Twitter, now they know they have to do it.”
In March, David Lawee, VP of corporate development at Google, reportedly said: “I think Twitter is an awesome business. It is exciting to see that in this downturn there is a company with such breakaway product success.”
Useless-to-most personal updates aside, Twitter’s search function certainly brings real-time “news” faster than Google currently does. In the event of a major disaster, for example, it can prove invaluable, although people have to be careful to filter out the noise and think hard about whom to trust and believe. The platform is what’s important; it’s what has the Google folks excited.
Whichever company — Google, Microsoft, Facebook, or a yet-to-be-rumored suitor — ends up buying Twitter, if any, one thing’s for sure: It has to go down as one of the simplest, smallest ideas to make the big time.
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