I’m sure many are already aware of the rumors that Google is in talks to acquire micro-blogging phenom Twitter.
The question everyone must be asking – “Is this good or bad for the micro-blogging concept?”
I personally feel it is a good thing. I mean, with such a larger, stable owner – coupled with grater infrastructure to support the scale of user growth – Twitter can be free to expand its user-base, and stay, well, free to users.
The talk around paid business accounts and other tools underscores Twitter’s issues – mainly that it has very little resources to support its growth. With non cloud-based open or free software rapid growth is the opposite of a problem. But when 100% of your users are stressing your servers, it can become a killer issue, fast.
Google could provide bandwidth and the smarts to commercialize Twitter in a non-invasive way. Look, people love to use the Google core products and I haven’t heard anyone complain about the ads. Also, with GPS tools, a console (like Tweetdeck that isn’t a RAM hog) all powering relevant ads – twitter could actually be a huge winner for Google.
I also think Google did the right thing in keeping YouTube a distinct brand, and should do the same with Twitter. While there is a lot of interesting capabilities I could envision – such as embedding Tweet capabilities into a Gmail UI – I think Twitter is doing just fine on its own.
It will be interesting to see how all of the Twitter extensions and add-on apps would fare if Google took over…