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Google to buy Twitter ?

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7:18 pm on Sep 28, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Rumours published in my newspaper puts Twitter ( a no-profit company with a massive valuation ) to be purchased by Google or salesforce. Interesting after the Linkedin sale.

Paper is behind a paywall . so no link. I get the hard copy.
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Disney is also among the prospectors.
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Could be a big change
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@disney
Twitter while you work
tweet-tweet a-tweet tweet tweet
Re-tweet all your friends
but watch your thumbs or thay'll get numb an u don hav much space
Juss keep up the pace
tweet-tweet a-tweet tweet tweet
So wut if @you can't spell
Chewz yr hashtags well and ten thousand friends won't tell
The firehose never ends
when the tweets fly by and the post countz high
tweet-tweet a-tweet tweet tweet
Twit twitter and try to work.

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...as sung by the seven dwarf webmasters?
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...as sung by the seven dwarf webmasters?
The singers' occupations would relate to the nature of their tweets. Size might also matter. ;)

Twitter can be a procrastination aid, a marketing or political campaign tool, a broadcaster of gossip, a political organizer, etc et etc. I go through long periods of drifting away from it because of the overwhelming volume of stuff that comes through... but there's so much volume that there's almost always something randomly interesting, with some exceptional finds if you follow up social leads... which is why I also come back to it.

I'm thinking that enough of Google's algo (Real Time Trends, QDF, etc) may depend on Twitter that Google may not want another company to own it. All of the companies rumored to be potential buyers want Twitter's data, which they're currently buying.

The question is whether Twitter can retain its users to keep generating the data, and I don't see where any of those companies would help, and some would probably hurt. Disney, IMO, would be a particularly bad fit, but I don't Tweet while I watch TV... only while I work... so my opinion might be way off the mark.

Google might be the only company that understands Twitter's trial and error culture enough not to wreck it, but they certainly do have the power to mess it up if they weren't very careful about it.
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Disney, IMO, would be a particularly bad fit, but I don't Tweet while I watch TV... only while I work... so my opinion might be way off the mark.
It may be, but don't associate Disney only with TV. Its global holdings are spread wide, encompassing many mediums.