Shortly after Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion on Monday, I called Mark Zuckerburg and asked if his soon-to-be Fortune 500 company had an interest in buying a sports betting information site.
“I’ll sell for just $1 million,” I told him.
Zuckerburg apparently doesn’t have much of an interest, but it won’t be long before Facebook looks to expand its empire. What site or entity might it target next, you ask?
Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker, lists Foursquare as the favorite to become Facebook’s next acquisition. At 4-to-1 odds, it’s listed ahead of Evernote (9/2), Dropbox (5/1) and Spotify (7/1).
YouTube (no chance) and MySpace (lol) are the long shots at 40-1.
ZDNet isn’t a believer in any of the big “favorites.”
Here’s a quick sanity check: Facebook does just fine competing with Foursquare, and it already bought Gowalla. Facebook could use Evernote’s technology, but only if it really wanted to challenge Google Docs.
Facebook could use Dropbox too, but Dropbox already leverages Facebook anyway, and the company really doesn’t want to sell out to anyone. The same goes for Spotify and Pinterest – both are gaining a lot from Facebook and giving a lot back to Facebook, but aren’t a threat.
BTB will be waiting by the phone.
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