When it became clear that Google was going to protect there search empire by (trying to) establish a foot hold in social media, a friend and I had a bit of a hypothetical strategy discussion… imaginary Larry to theoretical Sergey. My suggestion to Google, buy Twitter. Why? They know not what they have. Integrate all of Google’s services in to Twitter; add tagging to Picasa (which kicks the crap out of Facebook), etc… Basically instead of working from services to a feed as Facebook did, work from a feed to services.
Well, it looks like while I was focusing on a project in Connecticut, Twitter woke up and realized what they’ve been sitting on. The “New Twitter” does almost exactly what I suggested, just without the Google products. The problem is, it’s one key thing short… photo tagging. Fortunately, I found them this (if you don’t feel like clicking, it’s a web service that allows you to tag photos across the internet). Twitter might make a serious run at Facebook, even though they didn’t buy Twitter, Google SHOULD be partnering with Twitter. Twitter with Google’s search and the ability to incorporate best-of-breed software (not just whomever Facebook allows) is a powerful concept. It’s a long way from reality of course, but it’s something I’m rooting for.
Oh, and if @Twitter feels like sending me a check, they can email me for my address.