Goog’s YouTube Effort Informed by MySpace Pass?

Rupert Murdoch famously claimed that Google could have purchased MySpace for half of the $580 million he paid for it but the search engine passed — if he’s to be believed. Assume, however, he’s telling the truth and that Google miscalculated badly in passing on MySpace. They then went on to do the $900 million ad deal with News Corp./Fox.

They wouldn’t have had to make those sorts of pricey commitments had they bought the social networking site for the $290 million and owned all that traffic themselves.

Is Google‘s reported pursuit of YouTube then an implied “mea culpa” of sorts and a recognition, informed by hindsight, that the company can’t let another similar opportunity pass?

5 Responses to “Goog’s YouTube Effort Informed by MySpace Pass?”

  1. Howard Owens Says:

    When I read your first graph or so in my RSS reader, I thought this post was heading down this path: MySpace founder is suing News Corp for undervaluing the network.

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