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Google “Search, Plus Your World”: Twitter Not Happy [Updated]

Wouldn’t this argument have made more sense when realtime search disappeared?

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Google “Search, Plus Your World”: Twitter Not Happy [Updated]
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Update: Google has responded to Twitter’s comments via Google+:

“We are a bit surprised by Twitter’s comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have observed their rel=nofollow instructions.”

Burn.

Add Twitter to the growing list of critics of Google’s practices of delivering search results.

As you may know by now, Google announced some new features for personalized search today. I’m not going to run through all of that again. You can read the rundown here.

Interestingly, Twitter is speaking out against the new changes, which they seem to think will make Twitter content less accessible to users. Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray, calls it a “bad day for the Internet”:

Bad day for the Internet. http://t.co/Az4rdNVQ Having been there, I can imagine the dissension @Google to search being warped this way. 2 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The company has been emailing around a statement, saying:

For years, people have relied on Google to deliver the most relevant results anytime they wanted to find something on the Internet.

Often, they want to know more about world events and breaking news. Twitter has emerged as a vital source of this real-time information, with more than 100 million users sending 250 million Tweets every day on virtually every topic. As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and Tweets are often the most relevant results.

We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.

This is quite interesting. I don’t recall anything in Google’s announcement saying that it would no longer be including results from Twitter.

In fact, this mentality, to me, would have been more appropriate when Google and Twitter were unable to reach a deal to extend Google’s use of the Twitter firehose for realtime search, which I totally agree is a bad thing.

Google used to show tweets rolling in, in real time (or at least close to it) when people searched for timely topics. That is in line with what Twitter is talking about here. It doesn’t do that anymore, and that sucks, but I don’t see why making Google+ content more accessible in Google results is making Twitter results less accessible than they were yesterday.

Perhaps Twitter knows something that the rest of us don’t.

Granted, Google has said all along that it would look to use Google+ in the future to bring back realtime search.

Actually, Google Fellow Amit Singhal (who announced the changes) is quoted as saying:

“Facebook and Twitter and other services, basically, their terms of service don’t allow us to crawl them deeply and store things. Google+ is the only [network] that provides such a persistent service. Of course, going forward, if others were willing to change, we’d look at designing things to see how it would work.”

In other words, if Google was granted access to the Twitter and Facebook data it needs to put that content into the results, it would probably do so – at least that appears to be Google’s position on things.

Google “Search, Plus Your World”: Twitter Not Happy [Updated]
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  • VC

    Twitter is right. They chose not to renew the agreement but that doesn’t mean Google can go ahead and promote their own properties in search which will obviously affect Facebook, Twitter and thousands of other businesses. Twitter was just one of the first complainers. Google needs to be broken up. The monopoly abuse is blatant, in your face.

    Facebook and Twitter need to form an alliance and start their own search engine. That will be Google’s end.

  • STd

    “In fact, this mentality, to me, would have been more appropriate when Google and Twitter were unable to reach a deal to extend Google’s use of the Twitter firehose for realtime search, which I totally agree is a bad thing. ”

    I love you man but sometimes I wish you weren’t such a Google whore Chris. :) The agreement probably involved “money” as in “dollars” and who knows what the terms were. Why should they be forced into an agreement or “else”? Twitter is right to complaint on this monopoly abuse. Google is advertising his G+ property in search, which means less traffic to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. Why can’t you understand that Chris? This is bad for the internet.

    Yahoo and Bing can promote their other properties fine as they don’t have the majority of searches. Google just can’t do that.

    And please, to those who are going to post their “Oprah Watching Housewife” logic of “Google is a business and can do whatever it wants”, NO IT CAN’T!!! You are a rookie!! Google is not a lemonade stand!!!

  • STd

    “Facebook and Twitter and other services, basically, their terms of service don’t allow us to crawl them deeply and store things. Google+ is the only [network] that provides such a persistent service. Of course, going forward, if others were willing to change, we’d look at designing things to see how it would work.”

    These guys need to be stopped cold by the government. They are being irrational; no different than a sick cult member believing killing others who don’t believe their leader is right. I can’t believe they said that. They opened themselves for antitrust lawsuits from the government.

    Basically they are saying, let us crawl your content or we will create a property just like yours and promote it at the top of Google abusing our search monopoly. These guys are crazy. Their abuse is blatant.

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