Maybe Google will ask Evan Williams to sign a longer-term contract this time around…
Google is in "late stage" talks to acquire microblogging service Twitter, according to a report Thursday on TechCrunch citing two unnamed sources.
Twitter isn't just about sharing with friends, though. It's increasingly about search as well. Twitter has been working to elevate the prominence of search, which can give a near-real-time window into what's on the mind of innumerable users.
And Google knows well how to treat new sources of information as signals that weigh into search results. The company has been gradually blending into its search results data sources such as blogs and news stories that reflect new information arriving on the Web.