Google’s Deal with Twitter Expires, Realtime Search Goes Offline
As their agreement with Twitter expires, Google's Realtime Search shuts down.
A couple of days ago, web users have noticed the Google Realtime Search disappearing from the search results’ sidebar. Even the Google.com/realtime product is resulting to a 404 error page. Yesterday, Google finally disclosed the reason behind this mystery. The company reported that their agreement with Twitter to publish its results already expired on July 2, 2011. Thus, carrying with it most of the services of Google.
“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. Our vision is to have google.com/realtime include Google+ information along with other realtime data from a variety of sources.”
As of now, no one knows if Google is discussing an extension of the said agreement with Twitter. Though the company stressed out that they are working for a new Google Realtime Search product.
Knowing that Twitter has been the most dominant content in the service, it is vague why the agreement has to expire. According to a Twitter spokesperson:
“Since October 2009, Twitter has provided Google with the stream of public tweets for incorporation into their real-time search product and other uses. That agreement has now expired. We continue to provide this type of access to Microsoft, Yahoo!, NTT Docomo, Yahoo! Japan and dozens of other smaller developers. And, we work with Google in many other ways.”
Although the Google Realtime Search has been suspended, some of its products will still continue to exist. This includes MySpace updates, Facebook fan page updates, Quora, Gowolla, Plixi, Me2day, and Twitgoo.View Article Source »