Google co-founder Sergey Brin said Google did not try to buy Twitter in a surprise visit onstage here at the Web 2.0 Summit Oct. 22. Brin also shared his thoughts on Microsoft Bing, the search engine gunning for Google's 65 percent market share; the Microsoft-Yahoo deal; Chrome for Mac; Google Book Search; and the alleged Google Phone. Unbidden, Brin said Yahoo was doing interesting things in search and that it was a shame the company plans to "abdicate" search to Microsoft, which agreed to power Yahoo's searches with the Bing infrastructure.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google co-founder
Sergey Brin said Google did not try to buy Twitter, casting off reports
affect in a surprise visit onstage here at the Web 2.0 Summit Oct. 22.
Web 2.0 Summit Co-Host
John Battelle asked Brin if Google tried to acquire Twitter, the microblogging with
whom Google struck
a deal with Oct. 21 to index Twitter tweets in real time on Google
search results pages.
"I did not try to buy
Twitter," Brin said, before adding a quixotic comment certain to be parsed
to death in the blogosphere. "If companies approach us, we definitely consider
any a opportunities."
Does that suggest that
Twitter shopped itself to Google? Or was Brin answering that he personally did
not try to buy the company. It's unclear.
Brin did say it was
exciting to see Twitter CEO Evan Williams enjoy success twice in the Internet
sector. Williams founded Pyra Labs, which Google acquired
for its Blogger assets in 2005.
"To see him...
succeed even more dramatically a second time, I think it reaffirmed a
difference an entrpreneur can make to me," Brin said. Twitter's star is on
the rise for sure. Google announced its deal with Twitter at the show hours
after Microsoft executives said
the Bing search engine would index real-time content from Twitter and Facebook.
The rest of the discussion
was diverse, covering Brin's thoughts on Microsoft Bing, the search engine
gunning for Google's 65 percent market share; Chrome for Mac; Google Book
Search; and the alleged Google Phone.
First, the Bing
discussion. Battelle asked Brin if he was a Bing user. Brin was
characteristically noncommittal, noting that he uses a lot of search engines
out there and that Bing reminds "us that search is a very competitive
market. There are many interesting companies out there."
He pointed to
Bing, Powerset, which Microsoft acquired as the semantic search engine to power
Bing and Cuil. He said Microsoft Live Search had a lot of nice features that
Bing brought with it.