Google is in the process of negotiating to buy Twitter according to reports Friday, news that already elicited a negative reaction from one leading conservative blogger.

According to TechCrunch, Google is in "late stage negotiations" to acquire Twitter for somewhere between $250 million and $1 billion.

The proposal drew somewhat of a rebuke from RedState founder Erick Erickson, who tweeted:
Google to buy Twitter. #TCOT posts soon to disappear into the ether.

Erickson's "#TCOT" remark refers to the tag for "Top Conservatives on Twitter" applied by a number of right-wing pundits and lawmakers to their tweets. Those tags are then followed by two websites ( and TCOT Report), which rank and catalog those tweets.

According to Top Conservatives on Twitter, Erickson currently ranks 289th on their list.