/// Could Google or Tencent Beat Facebook to Buying Snapchat?

November 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital

Right now, Snapchat is having its “belle of the ball” moment. The mobile messaging service — which lets users exchange photos and video that disappear after a few seconds — is being courted by Facebook . It has long been an app that CEO Mark Zuckerberg lusted after. Thursday afternoon brought another turn of the screw. Valleywag reported that Google could also possibly be considering taking a run at Snapchat, matching Facebook’s $3 billion to $3.5 billion offer. Google and Facebook aren’t commenting, but sources said that Google has indeed expressed some interest in a deal. Tencent, the Chinese consumer Internet company, has also been eyeballing the company, according to sources. I don’t know Snapchat’s fate, and from what I’ve been told, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel himself is unsure of it. But it got me thinking — whether they’re in the running or not, which companies are most likely to go after the fast-growing Snapchat? Let’s go down the list. Facebook : Zuckerberg wants Snapchat bad . So bad, in fact, that he tried — and failed — to clone the app outright . Sources familiar with the matter have described the Facebook CEO as “obsessed” with Snapchat and the idea of ephemeral messaging.

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