Google bosses said that the search giant needed to learn from Twitter and suggested it could work with the popular micro blogging service in the future, but not necessarily buy it.
Speaking at the annual Google Zeitgeist conference, chief executive Eric Schmidt, while not ruling out a bid for Twitter, did dampen speculation which claimed his company was planning to buy the service.
Twitter has been linked with to a lengthening list of suitors. The most recent tech firm to join that list was Apple, putting it alongside Facebook, Google and Microsoft. Apple's bid was said to be valued at $700m.
At the conference Schmidt said Google could work with Twitter without the need to buy it. "We do not have to buy everyone to work with them", he said.
There has been speculation that Google would advance into the real time search space, which Twitter has opened up.
It is understood that Schmidt has spoken with the Twitter founders, including Biz Stone, about working together.
Such a partnership could include indexing Twitter feeds on Google search, allowing people to search for tweets in the same way they search for news and blogs.
Larry Page, Google's co-founder, said Google needed to learn from Twitter as it moved to make its search engine work in real-time.
Page said: "People really want to do stuff real time and I think they [Twitter] have done a great job about it. We have done a relatively poor job of creating things that work on a per-second basis."
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