Mike has up a rumor on Google buying YouTube, and it has started the usual buzzing. So, how likely is it that Google buys YouTube to create, you know, GooTube? It’s at least conceivable, ’cause as I’ve written here various times, skepticism about YouTube’s ability to drive revenues via ads is vastly overdone.
The preceding said, the blogosphere has predicted nine of the last three Google acquisitions, so skepticism is highly warranted. More specifically, Mike, what do you mean by â€œIâ€™d put this at 40% likely to be at least partially true”? I get the 40% part, but 40% likely of being partially true? Is Google just buying You, or maybe Tube? A partial acquisition just doesn’t make sense to me.
[Update] The WSJ confirms that discussions are going.