This time, however, it’s not Facebook or Google that’s reportedly got its eye on Twitter–it’s Apple. And the rumored deal,which could be finished as early as June 8, the date of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, is said to be worth as much as $700 million, far more than previous offers, both real and fictional.
Just what would Apple do with Twitter? The most obvious result of an acquisition would be meshing of the iPhone with the numerous Twitter applications that allow mobile updates. Others have speculated that an Apple-Twitter deal would be more of a statement about Apple’s position in the Internet sphere than anything else.
But, as with almost all Twitter rumors, no sooner had this one launched than it was called false. TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington wrote, “We’ve checked with other sources who claim to know nothing about any Apple negotiations. If these discussions are happening, Twitter is keeping them very quiet indeed.”
And All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher also nixed the latest round of Twitter talk, saying,”Despite very serious interest in Twitter by every company that can afford considering such a thing, getting across that late-stage line would require major investors in the microblogging service to be involved, and they are not as yet.”
In addition, Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone said in March that the company is committed to building a “strong, independent” brand rather than vetting offers. In this case, all signs of a Twitter acquisition seem to point to no.
But the Interweb sure does love to get all a-titter about a juicy Twitter acquisition rumor.