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Google and Twitter at War

Google’s decision to roll out its “Search Plus Your World” on Tuesday, was met with outspoken disappointment from Twitter. The search engine giant, in an attempt to put Google Plus in the face of continued competition with Facebook, as reported by BBC, has made three essential changes to the way its search now works.

The changes reported, according to Google, were brought about to make users’ results more personalized. Google now lists a user’s personal results, along with Google+ profiles closely related to pages searched for, and people’s profiles, as well as Google+ pages related to the searched topic. In any case, following the Google+ pages that turn up in the search results is only a few clicks away.

Twitter explained in an official statement that Google’s changes would make information much harder to find, and would be bad for people, publishers and Twitter users. “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,” the statement said.

A report from CNET disagreed, stating that it was “a bit of a stretch to say Google’s new function could make Twitter information harder to find, since it’s every bit as accessible as before.”

Google said it was surprised by the microblogging site’s comments since it had not renewed the agreement they had (which expired last year in July). “… since then we have observed their rel=nofollow instructions,” it said in a statement. The agreement, which was signed in 2009, allowed Google to publish live feeds on its real-time search.

In the meanwhile, Google would conceivably face antitrust issues said MG Seigler, a columnist at TechCrunch. Google, however, said that it wanted to help users find the most relevant information no matter which site it was on, but for this it would need other sites’ “close cooperation” and participation since it doesn’t have access to “crawl the content on some sites [i.e., Twitter and Facebook]”.



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