There are fewer things sadder than watching lonely people drop their threshold for companionship as a singles bar edges ever closer to last call. Viewing that kind of base humanity through the miasma of quiet desperation is the stuff of Raymond Carver or Tom Waits' songs...or Silicon Valley mergers.
Jack Dorsey’s struggling social network met with Yahoo’s management, led by Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, several weeks ago to discuss a possible merger of the companies, sources told The Post.
Oof. That's hard to read.
Marissa Mayer and Jack Dorsey letting their bleary eyes linger upon the other as Dolly Parton croons on the jukebox and the night turns into morning feels like a Silicon Valley-based Bukowski poem.
At the management meeting, Twitter and Yahoo execs spent several hours hashing out Yahoo’s financials, and whether a strategic combo might make sense, according to sources close to the talks.
“Twitter is the destination for instant news, and Yahoo has a lot of eyeballs on its site,” said one source. “The idea isn’t as crazy as you might think.”
Really? Because it seems pretty crazy to us, pal.
And apparently it seemed a little crazy to someone else...
Indeed, one source noted that Twitter CEO Dorsey didn’t even bother to show up for the Yahoo meeting.
So maybe Twitter was only half drunk and three-quarters desperate. Sure, flirting with Yahoo is harmless and fun, but waking up with Yahoo in the morning would have had consequences.
As for Twitter, Dorsey has enough problems fixing his own company, which has seen user growth flatline, insiders said.
“They’re very scared their shareholders would be outraged” by a Yahoo bid, one source said of Twitter. “Which is not, quite frankly, an unfounded fear.”
At least someone is talking sense in the dark confusion of last call for alcohol.
Twitter kicked tires on Yahoo merger [NY Post]