updated 10:50 am EDT, Fri April 3, 2009
Google in Twitter talks
Google is deep into talks for the purchase of microblogging network Twitter, according to two unnamed sources said to be close to the negotiations and cited by TechCrunch on Thursday. Since then however, AllThingsDigital has suggested that the two parties are simply engaged in "some product-related discussions" regarding collaboration on a real-time Google search engine.
"There was a discussion with [Google] group about real-time search and about product stuff. It was a couple weeks ago. It was very preliminary...and that was that," says an unnamed source from Twitter, quoted by ATD.
Twitter allows users to post 140-character messages reflecting their thoughts, which can be followed by friends, colleagues and strangers. Companies have also begun using Twitter accounts, and as such integrating search into Twitter could further boost the popularity of the site. Integrating a search browser into Twitter would also be in line with Google's recent, gradual attempts to incorporate blogs as well as news stories into its search results.