Companies Google should buy in 2010

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in September that the search leader will buy up to one company a month in 2010. Here's a look at some of the leading contenders.

1 of 6
BACKNEXT
Twitter
Twitter
What it is: A microblogging social network sensation that has taken the world by storm 140 characters at a time.

Why Google should buy it: With more than 60 million unique users a month, Twitter is one of the most popular and fastest growing social networks on the Web, according to comScore. Google's first foray into social networking, Orkut, didn't exactly take off, and its newest attempt, Google Wave, hasn't yet won over skeptics. Social network users spend more time online than the average Web user, and Google's advertising partners are keen to take advantage.

Why Google shouldn't buy it: Twitter's business model has yet to be determined, and they don't sell ads. Twitter also has had several security lapses recently. And because Twitter is such a hot brand, Google could face intense regulatory scrutiny if it bought the company.

Will it happen? A remote possibility. If a company can make money from Twitter, it's probably Google, but the jury's still out on whether social networks will ever be profitable.
NEXT: Digg
Last updated January 02 2010: 8:02 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
5 radical technologies that will change how you get to work From Uber's flying cars to the Hyperloop, these are some of the neatest transportation concepts in the works today. More
Royal wedding: How much will it cost? Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry could cost millions once security is included in the bill. See how the costs break down. More
Robot co-workers? 7 cool technologies changing the way we work Experts believe humans and machines will work much more closely together. More

Special Offer