Google Joins Twitter, Set Tongues Wagging

Google has finally joined the Twitter revolution as the popular internet company managed to get nearly 28,000 followers in a couple of days and has already started a few rumours.

The acceptance by Google that the Microblogging website Twitter is a force to be reckoned with has already ignited claims that Google could be testing waters before acquiring Twitter; Facebook already offered $500 milliion (in shares) last year, which was rejected.

The first message by Google was a binary version of Google Search's "I'm Feeling Lucky.", which could be a cryptic and mysterious message. Since then, announcements about Google's new products and services like the new Google Apps Status Dashboard have been posted.

Google joined Twitter a few days after its Gmail service suffered a serious outage which caused a widespread customer outcry on the internet, much of which was vented on Twitter.

Chances are that Google could try to convince Twitter to build a successful advertising platform, essentially testing the waters, before announcing an outright purchase ... on its Twitter feed.

Google's Twitter account now have more followers than Yahoo (5000) and Live Search (1600). Google has a Facebook page which has more than 10600 fans but which hasn't been updated since last year.

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Twitter's co-founders have already sold Blogger to Google a few years ago but this time around, it seems unlikely that they're ready to sell the microblogging service. Like Youtube, Twitter embodies a very strong community spirit. As John Battelle puts it, Google is about technology, not community. They launched Google Videos which tanked and forced them to buy Youtube outright.

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