Microsoft rumoured to be interested in Twitter


A new bit of hot gossip going round the blogosphere is that Microsoft may be making overtures at Twitter.

The rumour started after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was seen having breakfast with Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo San Francisco this week. Costolo had recently took over the position from co-founder Evan Williams.

Of course talks could have simply been over a closer partnership – Microsoft already has access to “firehose” data from the Twitter for its Bing searches, but the company has refused to allow Microsoft to integrate Twitter with Windows Live Messenger, and Windows phone 7 famously does not provide any built-in integration with the hot social network.

It has recently been revealed that Microsoft had tried to buy Facebook for $15 billion in 2007, an attempted investment which now sounds very wise with the company privately valued at around $60 billion.  A move to grab Twitter before it becomes too expensive may make perfect sense now too, and would have obvious collateral benefits for Microsoft’s online properties and Windows Phone 7 users.


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