The Raw Feed
Where technology and culture collide

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Google to announce Twitter acquisition tomorrow?

According to a tweet today by Twitter CEO Evan Williams, tomorrow (Friday) is a "very big day." He later tweeted that the day is a "big day" due to Oprah -- Williams will be appearing on the Oprah talk show. Elsewhere on Twitter, prominent twittizen Ashton Kutcher, who is also some kind of actor or something, tweeted that he too will be "twittering live" with Oprah tomorrow, concluding his tweet with: "Gentleman start your search engines. LOL."

Now, I'm not normally one to "read into" people's comments, but it seems to me that both tweeters may be hinting at subtly what they cannot say outright: That Williams will announce Google's acquisition of the microblogging service on the Oprah show or sometime before the show.

Williams said initially that tomorrow will be a "very big day" -- not just a "big day." When he specified Oprah, he said it was just a "big day." Being on Oprah for a guy who's on major TV shows almost every week makes it a "big day." Being on Oprah and announcing a Google acquisition probably qualifies as a "very big day."

And Kutcher has only 140 characters or less to tell fans he's going to be Twittering on Oprah, and in that cramped space references "search engines" followed by "LOL"? Unless we're being punk'd, I'd say that was a pretty blatant hint.

If so, they're not the only ones dropping hints. Google CEO Eric Schmidt conspicuously "heaped praise upon" Twitter today in that company's earnings call. There's no way he'd be doing that unless he wanted to secure a major deal of some kind with Twitter, or has already done so.

Any of these hints by itself wouldn't mean anything, but all three together make me believe that the rumored acquisition hits tomorrow.


Anonymous Phil Gerbyshak said...

VERY interesting. I'm curious if this really happens or if you're just making a very good guess.

Either way, nicely done!

Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Nathalee Ghafouri said...

Though I think that it's bound to happen eventually, I'm doubtful that the folks behind Twitter would tell Ashton Kutcher such big news before making a formal announcement. Seems like that kind of thing would be held under strict secrecy. Plus, Oprah will expose Twitter to a huge (mostly) new audience, which would make it a "very big day."

Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:16:00 PM  
Anonymous ant said...

Sorry to burst your bubble but tomorrow will be the day or even tonight when the first person on Twitter breaks a million followers. It's a race between @aplusk and @cnnbrk

Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anne H said...

I'm with Nathalee on this one. I think it's big in the same way her liking the Kindle and pulling in countless new followers.

Thursday, April 16, 2009 8:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Jason Murphy said...

I dunno dude, I think it will happen too. I've felt this in the air for awhile myself.

Makes a lot of sense.
Twitter is extremely to use and Google loves that.

Simple to monetize, it is pure butter.

I dug your article man. :D

Friday, April 17, 2009 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger jim said...

Interesting analysis but I think a little bit rubbery. I don't think Kutcher would be brought into that inner sanctum. Major insider trading issues I would have thought

Friday, April 17, 2009 3:55:00 AM  
Anonymous steve said...

Big assumption based on little information. Probably retweeted 1,000 times and is therefore now an internet fact.

Friday, April 17, 2009 6:51:00 AM  
Blogger LEADSExplorer said...

A mobile operator should buy Twitter for the texting (SMS messages) - which was the original idea of Twitter.

Friday, April 17, 2009 1:51:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home


Like The Raw Feed? Then you'll LOVE the FREE Mike's List newsletter!