> Investors, including myself,
People are pumping up these rumors to unload the stock. There is absolutely no reason for Google to buy Twitter. None.
i) Better integration of realtime search results.
ii) A social network that's already established. Google wants a social network, but has failed spectacularly to create their own.
I agree it's probably complete nonsense though. But weirder things have happened. Apple bought Topsy, a Twitter analytics company, and shut that down, presumably for the data.