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Google, Microsoft, Salesforce and Verizon are all reportedly interested in buying Twitter

By Shawn Knight · 9 replies
Sep 23, 2016
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  1. Twitter last October brought back former CEO Jack Dorsey to once again helm the company he helped create. More importantly, they needed him to help steer the ship back on course following multiple miscues.

    Twitter has been taking on water for a while but you’d never know it at first glance. The social network is seemingly preferred by every major celebrity and Internet influencer and hashtags have invaded our daily lives. You can’t even watch the evening news without hearing about what ordinary people think about a given story courtesy of Twitter.

    Dig a bit deeper, however, and you’ll find a myriad of problems plaguing the microblogging platform.

    The company has failed to curb the rampant bullying and abuse that takes place each and every day on its platform. User growth has remained flat for several quarters. Revenue is tough to come by as larger companies are getting the lion’s share of advertising dollars.

    It’s no surprise, then, that Twitter may soon find itself under new ownership.

    CNBC on Friday said that Google and Salesforce are both interested in making an offer for Twitter. What’s more, TechCrunch notes that Microsoft and Verizon are also interested although the latter may have too much on its plate right now given its recent acquisition of Yahoo (and AOL before that) as well as its interest in Vessel.

    Share value in Twitter is up more than 20 percent on the buyout chatter.

    In the meantime, Twitter is attempting to reinvigorate itself as a video streaming platform as evident by recent deals with organizations such as the NFL.

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  2. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,236   +691

    Sales force will kill it with targeted ads (and will be outgunned in any bidding war, looking at their opponents)
    Google will kill it by having no idea how to run a social network
    Verizon has too much on its plate, and has already been burned once this year (Yahoo)
    Microsoft might be able to maintain the status quo, but I doubt they would improve it or make it generate (significant) revenue.

    Safe bet is Google and Microsoft will get into a bidding war over it, and whomever wins will take Twitter's tech and integrate it into the rest of their products, and then ignore Twitter until it finishes its slow death.
  3. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    I hope Sales Force wins.
    Then society wins when they turn it to &^%$ and people realize that they need to go get a life again.
    SirChocula likes this.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I don't care what happens to it, it won't have the slightest impact on my existence and that holds true for all social networking sites.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    Cant say id at all be happy with any of those.
  6. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,779   +2,593

    "The company has failed to curb the rampant bullying and abuse that takes place each and every day on its platform."

    LOL, Twitter are the ones DOING the bullying by censoring any opinion that doesn't support their left-wing agenda.
    SirChocula and LiveResistance like this.
  7. djb247365

    djb247365 TS Member

    I'm not super into social media, but based on the knowledge I do have, I'd rather Google have it, than Microsoft. Given what they did to Windows, I could only imagine what chaos they would turn Twitter into.
  8. Levi Sterling

    Levi Sterling TS Booster Posts: 80   +27

    Trust me when I tell you, it's neo-progressive and not liberal.
  9. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +322

    I don't see any point to twitter at all.

    It's just a way for celebrities and has-beens to give their unsolicited opinion and submit themselves for public scrutiny via manufactured media outrage.

    Youtube is going to ruined by those who want to control amateur video posting (especially police shootings).

    Twitter makes no sense. You can't realistically get idea across in less than 200 characters.
  10. Roberto R

    Roberto R TS Rookie

    Yesterday it ruins Messenger and Nokia, today ruined Skype, morning blasting Twitter...

    Perhaps they can not handle corporate communications

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