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A day after my girlfriend (yes, that really is me with the mosaic-ed-out face and no she's not ashamed of me) wrote about Twitter and SEO value, I read an article in Pacific Business News about Google and Microsoft potentially interested in buying Twitter.

The article suggests an offer from Google may have been around $250 million to $1 billion. I don't know about you, but $750 is a big difference. The article also mentioned that Facebook reportedly offered around $500 million last year.

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Comment by Cameron Souza on April 12, 2009 at 8:07pm
I don't think Microsoft would know what to do with Twitter. They are a much better fit for Google.
Comment by Daniel Leuck on April 12, 2009 at 11:19am
Aloha Derek.
Thanks for the comment. I saw, on a CNN "story" about the use of Twitter in breaking the news regarding the coup in Madagascar.
I find this rather amusing given the fact I started using twitter search because CNN's coverage of the coup was so poor!

re: Citizen Reporters
This is certainly an interesting debate. I'm sure Truman's old high school buddy, Randy Ching from Peer News, has an opinion on the matter :-) In terms of the coup, I've found a balance of mainstream media (mostly French in the case of Madagascar), and twitter search is very helpful. One person tweeting about the mood of the Malagasy people might not be very representative of the general feeling, but if 1000 Malagasy are tweeting about their displeasure with Rajoelina, that says something. Of course, in Madagascar, only a certain demographic has access to Twitter.
Comment by Derek on April 11, 2009 at 1:52pm
Aloha Dan,

Thanks for the comment. I saw, on a CNN "story" about the use of Twitter in breaking the news regarding the coup in Madagascar. After the last Manoa Geeks at the Honolulu Advertiser, Scott, Alyssa, Truman, and myself were briefly talking about Twitter and the direction of conveying "news." Truman discussed the potential for "citizen reporters" (he didn't use that term) but cautioned about personal biases in this type of reporting, but that a collective effort where different people with different biases "reported" or "tweeted" on the same topic might be both useful and interesting.

More locally, during the recent Senate floor discussions on Civil Unions there were tweets online from the Honolulu Advertiser and one private citizen that I know about who were tweeting about comments made by senators when they discussed the possibility of yanking the bill out of committee.

Comment by Daniel Leuck on April 11, 2009 at 11:05am
I think the reason for this crazy range is that no one really knows how to value Twitter. In my opinion, its main value is its potential to enhance Google with more real time search capability. For example, the only way to get current news on countries that don't interest the mainstream media is Twitter search. The example I gave at SOWNINE was the coup in Madagascar. The CNN and BBC search results Google provided reported events days late, if at all. On Twitter I could see what was happening down to the minute. An additional advantage is that it was reported by locals rather than some random news correspondent flown in to report events long after they occur. Locals have a level of context that some guy flown in from NY will never have.


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