A report on Techcrunch suggests that Google is in talks to buy Twitter. I hope it's true because a combination would make tons of sense for the companies and for users who see value in the burst-mode messaging phenomenon.\nIt's easy to mock Twitter, isn't it? It's got a silly name and it is the latest online property to be beloved of Web 2.0 obsessive types. But Twitter is coming into its own a vehicle for breaking news, updating and more. It's very fast, very easy to use and does one thing very well. In this it resembles no other site more than Google, or at least early Google, before the rapid-fire diversification. Integrating Twitter with Google search and Apps is a painfully obvious progression.\nOf course, Google needn't buy Twitter to integrate with it, but a formal combination makes it\u00a0impossible for\u00a0Microsoft or AN Other\u00a0to come in and fork development so that Twitter becomes a component of something non-ubiquitous.\nVery few CIOs today are on Twitter but I expect that to change once\u00a0it stops being\u00a0 a trendy meme and becomes part\u00a0of the online toolkit, just as has happened with instant messaging, blogging, wikis, social networks\u00a0and so on. If you haven't tried it yet, sign up: it's surprisingly addictive and you might find uses for it that you never expected.