CEOs are typically shy about talking about other companies during analyst calls; Google’s (s goog) Eric Schmidt is even more bashful on this front than most. So it was interesting that when Schmidt was asked about Twitter this afternoon, amid reports that Twitter is shopping around for a partner that can help wring money from its popular service, he didn’t hold back.
“Twitter proves innovation is alive and well in Silicon Valley,” Schmidt said. “The question is how to make money. You can imagine that as these companies become successful, as Twitter is already successful, they could become a channel for product information and marketing, whether it’s a text ad or video ad off it. That’s a logical strategy to pursue and we’d be happy to pursue it with them.“