Twitter in $10 billion sales talks with Google and Facebook

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google-facebook-twitter.jpgGoogle and Facebook are said to have entered talks with Twitter in order to assimilate the micro-blogging site into their web-conquering services.

Twitter are apparently asking for a whopping $10 billion for the company however, despite a December valuation of $3.7 billion.

However, according to the Wall Street Journal even a $10 billion deal could be a convservative valuation.”People familiar with the situation said the company believes it can grow into a $100 billion company,” the WSJ said.

200 million people are claimed to use Twitter (though that doesn’t account for automated feeds and spam bots), and surely the might of either Facebook or Google would add considerably to that figure. You’d be unlikely to see a “fail-whale” anytime soon were Twitter to merge with either.

Twitter has always struggled with advertising revenues, managing a relatively small $45 million in 2010. $150 million is expected to be raised in 2011, and that figure would also likely jump dramitically higher were a takeover bid from the two web giants successful.

Gerald Lynch