Facebook-Twitter: the deal that could have been

Microsoft/Yahoo, Samsung/SanDisk, Electronic Arts/Take-Two….Facebook/Twitter?

According to Kara Swisher of All Things Digital, Facebook had talked for several weeks about buying micro-blogging site Twitter for $500 million in stock, and then gave up on the idea about three weeks ago.

The sticking point apparently was price — whether the deal valued Facebook shares too highly. “But, more important, it seems, was a feeling among Twitter investors and execs that the start-up should still take a shot at building its revenues-there are none right now-as well as it had done at building its growth,” Swisher writes.

But she notes that Twitter needs all the investors it can get, and while the lack of revenue was an issue for Facebook, it may revisit the deal at another time. “We’d hate to see Twitter go to another company,” like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft or Verizon, she said, citing an unnamed source.

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Breaking news, Twitter style

twitter.pngNews of a possible explosion rippled through the popular online service Twitter on Tuesday, in a preview of what’s to come in the realm of breaking news and citizen journalism. Twitter is a so-called microblogging site that allows users to send and receive short messages.

At about 1:37 pm, software developer Dave Winer asked the Twitterverse: “Explosion in Falls Church, VA?” (Perhaps not coincidentally, Winer is a well-known blogger and podcasting evangelist). A flurry of posts, or “tweets,” followed, as users reported rumbles as far away as Alexandria.

The mainstream media entered the fray at 2:33 pm, with radio station WTOP reporting ground rumblings throughout Northern Virginia, citing a possible earthquake. Officials also told the radio station that the rumblings were part of construction blasts at nearby Ft. Belvoir, which had been scheduled for later in the afternoon as part of a new building for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.