Biz Stone posted on the Twitter Blog yesterday saying (emphasis added by me):
It should come as no surprise that Twitter engages in discussions with other companies regularly and on a variety of subjects. Our goal is to build a profitable, independent company and we’re just getting started.
This quote is also backed up by a recent interview Biz had with Stephen Colbert.
Stephen: Are you going to make money off of this?
Biz: We are going to become a strong, profitable, independent company. We are going to stay based in San Francisco…
It seems as though everyone in the world is going crazy about this whole acquisition rumor. Some other writers have cited sources saying that the talks between Google and Twitter are only “product-related discussions.”
The fact is that we really don’t know what Google and Twitter are talking about, but there are strong indications that they are in fact talking. But, even though Michael Arrington’s knee jerk reaction is to believe that Google is going to buy Twitter (he seems to love spreading rumors about acquisitions) the likelyhood of that happening is fairly low, it doesn’t appear that either Biz Stone or Evan Williams are ready to sell the company off just yet.