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Google Realtime may ditch Twitter for Google+?

Posted by on 05/07/2011

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If you are wondering where Google’s Realtime Search and Wonder Wheel disappeared to, then you are not alone because they have temporarily disabled the service after a contractual issue being Twitter and themselves. They later announced that Google+ will be integrated into the Realtime Search, but will they keep Twitter for the long haul?

Google Realtime was developed to deliver news as it came in, via the combination of major social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed. It proved especially useful in organizing data during war times in the middle east, when lots of scattered information came out of countries like Libya and Egypt. It seems that the contract between Google and Twitter came to an end on July 2nd, after a 2 year agreement.

Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results through a special feed, and that agreement expired on July 2. While we will not have access to this special feed from Twitter, information on Twitter that’s publicly available to our crawlers will still be searchable and discoverable on Google.

While an agreement on a new contract seems likely, Google may eventually ditch the 140 character provider in favor of their new social network Google+. For now they have confirmed that Google+ will indeed be added to the list of services that provide real time info for the Wonder Wheel and Real-Time Search. Before the Realtime service was introduced, users could have gotten up-to-date info by searching the news section and setting a short time period such as 24 hours or a week, which adds to the defense that Google really doesn’t need Twitter to survive in that department. With Google+ offering the option to search real time data, it would be a big boost to the new social network, since users would be pointed towards Google+ pages rather than just Twitter and Facebook, and maybe just Google+ pages alone in the later future. In short, Google has a very good hand of cards to play in promoting its Google+ network.

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