Google disables realtime search, preps Google+ integration

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Google disables real time search, preps Google+ integration
07/05/2011 | 05:51 PM

Search king Google has temporarily disabled its real-time search function and may integrate the technology into its upcoming social network, Google+.

The real-time feature, launched in 2009, offers up-to-the-second search results including breaking news and Twitter feeds.

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

Google has been generating much buzz with preparations for its Google+ social network, which many view as its answer to social networking juggernaut Facebook.

An article on TheNextWeb said that the move appears to show Google is "keen in making its new service as integrated as possible with other parts of its product portfolio".

On the other hand, another article on SearchEngineLand noted Google's deal with Twitter to include Twitter updates in its real-time search results had expired.

"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," it quoted Google as explaining (http://searchengineland.com/as-deal-with-twitter-expires-google-realtime-search-goes-offline-84175).

SearchEngineLand also quoted Google as saying that when Google Realtime Search relaunches, it will include content from a variety of sources and not just be solely devoted to Google+ material.

"Our vision is to have google.com/realtime include Google+ information along with other realtime data from a variety of sources," it quoted Google as saying. — TJD, GMA News

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