News of Twitter’s possible buyout has been circulating the internet for a little over 24 hours now, and so the far, the details (or rather rumors) include interested purchasing parties such as Google, Salesforce, and Verizon looking to take over the social network.
However, as more time passes the list of interested parties continues to grow, and now rumors of Apple and Microsoft putting their hat into the fray are beginning to surface.
According to TechCrunch, along with Verizon showing interest in the stagnating social network, so is Microsoft.
TechCrunch illuminates further on the potential logic behind Microsoft’s bid, especially after its fairly large LinkendIn purchase of $26.2 billion just a few months ago. It seems as though Microsoft may be less interested in actually acquiring Twitter and more so paying rival SMB provider a little bit of bidding payback.
Microsoft’s highly publicized and often criticized purchase price for LinkendIn came partly at the hands of Salesforce’s determination to keep the professional social network out of the hands of its strongest competition. So, to pay Salesforce back for their efforts, TechCrunch is reporting that Microsoft’s interest in Twitter appears to be motivated by driving up the asking price for the social network and possibly ballooning the sale to LinkedIn level dollars.
As previously indicated, the news about Twitter’s possible buyout and its would-be suitors is purely speculative at the moment as nobody being currently discussed has officially spoken on the matter.
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Let us know in the comments, your thoughts on a possible Microsoft purchase of Twitter and what it could mean for the company as well as the 300 million plus users of the platform in the future.