Things haven't been looking too great for Twitter lately. With their seemingly ritualistic product head reshuffling having happened recently and their stock prices falling well below $20 per share, it doesn't help that their user growth has largely been stagnating. Sitting pretty at 300 million users wouldn't normally be a bad thing, but when growth stagnates for a social network, it could signal that major shift in the market is happening, a rethinking of company values is needed or the game is pretty much over. With Microsoft having just bought LinkedIn, talk is flying about that Twitter may be the next company to put up a "for sale" sign. While all signs point to the answer being no, Larry Page apparently didn't get the memo back in 2011.
Back before Google reorganized into Alphabet and when Google+ was still in its infancy and full of promise, then-CEO Larry Page was looking to beef up Google's search product while simultaneously giving their fledgling social network a boost. He invited Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to come to the Googleplex and discuss a deal. When Dorsey got there, he was led into a conference room where he was accosted alone by Larry Page, who drew the shades, sat far too close to Dorsey for comfort, then proceeded to whisper in his ear. Rather than a juicy secret, nervous musings or the sweet nothings that such a gesture is normally reserved for, Page whispered an acquisition proposal in Dorsey's ear. Apparently, he wanted to integrate Twitter results into Google's search product. There was no word on whether Dorsey may have been creeped out by the way he was approached, but he said no regardless.
While Google may not be looking into buying Twitter today, there are a huge number of companies out there that would love to - if it were for sale, that is. Speculation that Twitter may end up for sale soon was decisively shut down by Dorsey and a co-founder, Evan Williams. Given Twitter's position in society and the function it performs, as a news outlet, social network and window into the private minds of public figures, they both feel it would not be fitting for Twitter to end up as a piece of any other company.