Are there any companies left in Silicon Valley that bloggers haven’t suggested as potential buyers of Twitter?
Since Facebook approached Twitter last November, Google and Microsoft have both been linked with the rapidly growing (and manically hyped) microblogging service.
Now both Valleywag and TechCrunch are reporting that Apple has been in discussions with Twitter about a supposed $700m deal. Apple published a glowing profile of Twitter on its customer case-study pages last week, no doubt fuelling such speculation.
Since November, Twitter’s body language has consistently been that it wants to remain independent. Even so, an Apple deal doesn’t immediately seem logical.
First Twitter shut down StatTweets, a service that broadcast scores from college and professional sports games. Twitter killed the service after StatSheet founder Robbie Allen and his wife manually created 650 accounts, one for every team, over the course of a weekend. The behaviour, Twitter said, violated terms including “copyright infringement”, “mass account creation”, and “squatting”.
Then over the weekend, Facebook turned off the public profile for Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, which had 2.85m fans.