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Tech Wars: Google V. Twitter

By riasharon |

This day has been a long time coming … ever since “Google” became a verb, we’ve all waited for the day when Google leveraged its massive search influence to create an unfair advantage in other business sectors. Isn’t that the point? Oh, it wasn’t about being the best at helping people find what they are searching for? :)

This week, Google unveiled its latest search update called “Search plus Your World,” which as Jack Menzel, product management director of search explains, allows Google+ members to “search across information that is private and only shared to you, not just the public web.”

Here’s what that translates to: let’s say you do a search for “Disney World Vacation,” you’ll get the Disney World site as well as other travel and vacation resource sites, maps, etc. that you expect from a public search but you’ll also get posts from your friend Jill about her trip to Disne yWorld over winter break, along with her Picasa album titled Disney World — but only if she shared these posts and albums with you.

The next-gen personal social web could be cool or could be a total cluster. #myexperience

The bigger trouble comes in because the “Your World” Google is referring to is not exactly the real world, with all of your connections but rather its own social platform, Google+. Understandably there are some vocal critics, among them Twitter. Twitter representatives are claiming that Tweets and Twitter handles are no longer making the top search results. In a statement this week, Twitter says, “As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter. We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone.” #alsogoodpoints

But then the plot thickens.Sarah Kessler writes on Mashable:

Google later implied that Twitter was the one that had stopped the search engine from including Tweets in real-time results. An agreement between the two companies, which gave the search engine access to public tweets, ended in July and was not renewed.

Hmmm … what do you think? How much did you pay attention to Tweets in real-time results anyway? Personally, if I wanted to know what was going on in Twitter, I went to … Twitter. Is integrating Google+ in Google search the fair, or the “right” thing to do?

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Ria Sharon is a blogger, a single mom of two fantastic humans, and a digital publisher. She’s the co-founder of HopefulWorld.org and blogs at MyMommyManual.com, both online spaces that support mindfulness and personal development in their own way.

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One thought on “Tech Wars: Google V. Twitter

  1. Jennifer Lachman says:

    So far the google + results haven’t bothered me anymore than the sponsored adds do. I just scroll right past them. The only problem that I have with this is that the internet is becoming creepy.

    This morning my husband, who very rarely uses the internet practically tipped over his chair from shock. When I asked what was wrong he pointed at the screen and asked “how do they know who I am.” In the corner of his Bing search page was a picture of him, a greeting by name and the current weather in our town. I calmly explained to him that he never logged out of Facebook and other sites are able to pull information from there.

    He just shook his head and walked away.

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