Rumor Mill: Twitter Buys Summize AND Now Stable?

Just when you thought Twitter was a dead duck, a flurry of news suggests there’s life in the old bird yet!

First up, rumors are circulating that Twitter has acquired Summize. There’s no official confirmation yet, but Summize’s search engine and sentiment analysis of Twitter would certainly make a sensible acquisition. Not so much for the public-facing interface, but for the gigabytes of useful information Summize can feed to Twitter’s developers.

Changing focus, VentureBeat reveals that, despite Twitter’s performance issues, the service is still growing strong. In fact, even new competitors such as FriendFeed and Plurk, didn’t prevent Twitter from reaching record levels of users in June. As VentureBeat suggests, at this point Twitter’s biggest enemy is itself.

Every time Twitter is offline, a competitor gets its wings! ;-)

Linky Goodness, July 7

If you’re not too busy celebrating los sanfermines (you know, running with the bulls, etc.), you might enjoy this linky goodness!

Google Gives on Privacy Link

Capitulate. Bow. Buckle, fold, submit, succumb, surrender, yield. However you want to put it, Google blinked first in the battle over a link to the privacy policy—and has also found the magic number of words on a page!

Google had been taken to task recently by several organizations—from membership organizations it was trying to join to privacy advocate groups—for not linking to their privacy policy from their homepage. Google founders refused on principle, claiming that the additional seven letters would clutter their beautiful, clean homepage. You know, the homepage that already had 28 words on it.

Marissa Mayer posts on the Google blog last week that they did finally add a link to the privacy policy, but they could only do that by preserving the sacred 28 words on the page. So they sacrificed, changing the last line of the page from “©2008 Google” to “© 2008 – Privacy.” Says Mayer:

Yahoo: Make Us an Offer (We Won’t Refuse)

the young and the profitlessSuddenly, I feel like I work for Soap Digest. But with the latest don’t-miss developments in The Young and the Profitless, we had to get a jump start on Season Two!

Last time, on The Young and the Profitless:

Despite Stacey’s (YHOO) recent marriage to Grant (GOOG; last season), Brad (MSFT) has decided he’s going to win her back, with or without her consent.

Meanwhile, Grant’s and Stacey’s marriage is really one of convenience to provide financial support for Stacey When faced with Brad’s emotional assault, Stacey turns to Tim (Time Warner) for help—but Brad has been trying to get Tim on his side to help woo Stacey once and for all. Who will win Stacey’s heart and search business?

No Credit Card? No Problem. Chinese Online Purchasing Keeps Growing

By Frank Reed.

Since I learned a week ago about the Chinese and their dedication to workarounds regarding blogging, I have looked for other things that this ancient culture is doing to move itself into a modern economic powerhouse. I used to think that it would be best for my kids to learn Spanish as a second language here in the US but based on what might be coming down the pike from Asia, they may need to know Mandarin to compete in the future global economy.

Pilgrim’s Picks for July 7

The day after a holiday weekend can mean only one of two things:

  1. You took some extra vacation days, so won’t read this until sometime Wednesday.
  2. You’re back at work, but don’t feel like working, so reading Marketing Pilgrim will ease you in gently.

These Picks are hot and fresh! Unless, of course, you’re reading this on Wednesday, in which case they’re now likely stale (which you deserve, for taking more vacation than the rest of us!) ;-)

Media Moguls Gather for Navel-Gazing Conference

I’m often accused of being a little "Alanis Morissette" with my liberal use of the word "ironic," but does anyone else find it ironic that the "who’s who" of media moguls are holding their annual gathering this week, but the media are not allowed to attend any lecture or presentation?

Among those likely to make the trek, besides Murdoch (with son Lachlan) and Redstone, are Warren Buffett, eBay’s Meg Whitman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts co-founder Henry Kravis, Sirius’ Mel Karmazin, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Sony’s Howard Stringer, Time Warner chairman Richard Parsons, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Warner Music’s Edgar Bronfman Jr., Universal’s Ron Meyer, Disney’s Robert Iger and Paramount’s Brad Grey.