The news was sent out by Google Realtime, on July 4, in a tweet that said – “We’ve temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We’re exploring how to incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned.”
Google has disabled realtime search, as it is looking for ways to incorporate its recently launched Google+ project into the feature. The site plans to relaunch realtime search after retooling it and adding in Google+ results.
When Search Engine Land asked Google for an explanation on this matter, it said this:
“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. Our vision is to have google.com/realtime include Google+ information along with other realtime data from a variety of sources. Twitter has been a valuable partner for nearly two years, and we remain open to exploring other collaborations in the future.”
Twitter replied to this, saying:
“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.”
From what the companies say, it looks like Google and Twitter are still on good terms with each other, and are ready to partner, even though Google’s new social networking product Google+ is a threat to Twitter and other social networking sites.