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    Google Realtime Search Goes Offline

    We've temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We're exploring how to incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned.

    Read more here: http://twitter.com/googlerealtime

    SearchEngine Land further reports that Google’s agreement with Twitter to carry its results has expired.

    Here's the source list for Google Realtime Search:

    Twitter tweets
    Google News links
    Google Blog Search links
    Newly created web pages
    Freshly updated web pages
    FriendFeed updates
    Jaiku updates
    Identi.ca updates
    TwitArmy updates
    Google Buzz posts
    MySpace updates
    Facebook fan page updates
    Quora
    Gowolla
    Plixi
    Me2day
    Twitgoo

    Read more here: http://searchengineland.com/as-deal-...-offline-84175


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    All of this +1 and Google+ stuff makes me nervous. I am worried about Google approaching a day where their social network tools influence search results, making the mission of ranking a site more difficult, without adding any real value to consumers.

  3. No explanation as to why they didn't renew the deal. Maybe Google+ is in some way competing with Twitter? Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    No explanation as to why they didn't renew the deal. Maybe Google+ is in some way competing with Twitter? Any ideas?

    In the next six weeks, Google will rebrand Picasa and Blogger to Google Photos and Google Blogs with plans to incorporate them into the Google+ social network.


    I'm wondering if the new blogger platform with include a microblog?


    EXCLUSIVE: Google To Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push

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    Quote Originally Posted by memenode View Post
    No explanation as to why they didn't renew the deal. Maybe Google+ is in some way competing with Twitter? Any ideas?
    It does seem Google+ is preparing to take on Twitter.

    If Google succeeds at social, their search results will inevitably be influenced by how we share information on Google+ and mark it with +1.

    On the one hand, it is good because of the trust factor involved in the social way of recommending information, and the fact that Google will have in-house means to measure that trust.

    On the other hand, it gives too much control to Google, and looks like a move to strengthen their existing vice-like grip on the search engine market, which is not necessarily a good sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naweed View Post
    If Google succeeds at social, their search results will inevitably be influenced by how we share information on Google+ and mark it with +1.
    The real purpose of Google+ is to increase display ad revenue. Search a.k.a. "web surfing" is in the "Maturity stage" of the product life cycle and the social model is in the "Growth stage". The goal is to incorporate social into search to move Google search back into the growth stage.

    The other model of 'web portal' like AOL, Yahoo and Bing are in the Decline stage. Kind of crazy to think that AOL actually bought TimeWarner.

    Perhaps Microsoft will buy Facebook? (Microsoft owns 1.3%) There's plenty of search engines out there. But doesn't seem to be a demand for search. Cuil has closed and some other search engines like the following haven't taken much market share:

    topsy.com - Real-time search for the social web since 2006. Has three years of twitter data indexed.
    duckduckgo.com - general purpose search engine like Google or Bing
    blekko.com - slashtag search

    Perhaps we will see a shakeout of Google+ vs Bing/Facebook. Twitter may be the odd man out.

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    I wish I could disable the live search, that thing annoys me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kovich View Post
    All of this +1 and Google+ stuff makes me nervous. I am worried about Google approaching a day where their social network tools influence search results, making the mission of ranking a site more difficult, without adding any real value to consumers.
    See, I don't think you're right about saying it adds no real value to consumers. It is the consumers who are voting so it is definitely adding more value. In essence, it is asking the people what they like best, so why wouldn't that add value? But you're right, it's going to make it more difficult and it's going to require site owners to provide even more value than they currently do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mafiamaster View Post
    See, I don't think you're right about saying it adds no real value to consumers. It is the consumers who are voting so it is definitely adding more value. In essence, it is asking the people what they like best, so why wouldn't that add value?
    Most people don't go beyond the first search page results. A Google+ bubble would be a benefit for this type of people.

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    This may have something to do with the expiration of Google’s agreement with Twitter to carry its results.

    Twitter announced today that promoted tweets from big brands will be pushed to the top of the timeline.

    read more on the Twitter blog: Twitter Blog: Timely Tweets: Now easier to see

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