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For those wondering what Eric Schmidt thinks of Twitter, the Google chief executive made his views clear on Tuesday. It’s “a poor man’s email system,” said Schmidt at an investor conference in San Francisco.
Schmidt plugged Google’s own Twitter feed, which the company recently launched to share bits about life at the company’s headquarters, known as the Googleplex. But he didn’t say whether Google would or wouldn’t ever want to acquire the company, which he praised for its success. It remains to be seen, he said, whether Twitter can evolve beyond a “note phenomena” and keep up with more sophisticated email systems, which contain more advanced features like personal identity and storage. He also noted that Google’s own instant-messaging software is a similar real-time communications tool.