Google said today that it has temporarily disabled its Realtime search function in the wake of the introduction of its social network Google+.
The feature was developed to integrate real-time data from Twitter and
other social-networking sites. The option for the feature has been
removed from the right side of Google's search bar, and the feature's Web page now contains a 404 message.
"We've temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We're exploring how to
incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned," the company
said on its Google Realtime Twitter feed.
Google began indexing real-time Twitter messages in its search results
in 2009, but apparently that arrangement with the microblogging site has
"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," a Google representative told SearchEngineLand.
"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."
When Realtime returns, it will feature content from a variety of
sources, not just Google+, the company's recently unveiled social
network, Google told SearchEngineLand.