5 Reasons Twitter's Worth $1B to Google

Flagging company could use a boost

By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 3, 2009 4:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Google will look like a twit if it doesn’t snap up Twitter, and Henry Blodget of Silicon Alley Insider gives 5 reasons it should part with $1 billion to do so:

  • Search, Google’s bread and butter, is dwindling, and the company needs a new growth engine to energize the business. If it acts now, it may grab Twitter on the cheap.

  • Twitter’s a better fit for Google’s portfolio than YouTube and could bridge its communications gap.
  • Google banks $1 billion of cash every 2 months. If the acquisition turns sour—which many think it won’t—it can file the deal under “oops.”
  • Twitter could emerge as a threat to Google’s search business.
  • Sheer vanity: Google could boast ownership of two websites-turned-verbs.

The Google headquarters sign is seen in a Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
If Google isn't in talks to buy Twitter, it should be, Silicon Alley Insider says.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Google should buy Twitter for $1 billion in cash, Silicon Alley Insider says.   (PRNewsFoto/RentWiki.com)
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