Real-Life Examples Of How Google's "Search Plus" Pushes Google+ Over Relevancy. The new Google “Search Plus Your World” feature — which I’m now simply calling “Search Plus” — has just gone live for me.
Huge debate erupted yesterday over whether it somehow favors Google+. I can see now that it clearly does, even more than I thought. Here’s a closer look at the changes, including how they turn Google+ into an essential social network for any search marketer. Even Signed Out, Google+ Suggestions Offered This is a search for music: I got these results even though I was not signed into Google. The arrow points to a “People and Pages on Google+” section that appears. Marc's Voice » What? You didn’t see this coming?
It amazes how stupid the so-called Blogosphere and world of pundits are - when it comes to Google, Google+ and their intentions.
Is it that you just didn’t hear what we’ve been trying to say about Google+? Is it something about the air you’re breathing or water you’re drinking? Why WOULDN’T Googlr adjust search results, feed you information and in general – differentiate it’s search from everyone else – with Google+? Do you REALLY THINK that they’re still competing with Facebook now? Do you REALLY THINK that facebook owns social networking -a nd that Google is reduced to some ‘up-and-coming’ competatior to our favorite mono[polist/single vendor dominated/exploit and monetize user platform?
I mean – come on! I’M the most important person in the universe – right? That’s what your profile page, about me, settings, account info, page is all about – right? Now we just have to see how Google takes this new position – and parlays it into an identify platform – for brands. Schmidt: Google+ Not Favored, Happy To Talk Twitter & Facebook Integration. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt says Google+ content is not being favored over Twitter and Facebook by Google’s search engine.
Rather, those companies can be treated the same if they grant Google the right permissions to access their content. I spoke with Schmidt today about the developing war-of-words between Twitter and Google, which broke out after the launch of Google’s new ”Search Plus Your World” format for its search results. Included in the new format are suggestions for searchers to follow celebrities and other notable figures who have accounts on Google+, when these people are relevant to a particular search topic. Similar suggestions do not appear for the Twitter or Facebook accounts of such people. As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline. Yesterday, we reported that Google Realtime Search had mysteriously disappeared.
Today comes the reason why: Google’s agreement with Twitter to carry its results has expired, taking with it much of the content that was in the service with it. Google sent us this explanation: 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. Google also stressed that went Google Realtime Search relaunches — something it says will happen but with no set time frame — 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. Google likely to face FTC complaint over 'Search Plus Your World'
A privacy watchdog group probably will complain to the U.S.
Federal Trade Commission that a new Google search feature raises privacy and antitrust concerns. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said his group is considering filing a letter with the FTC. EPIC made the complaint that resulted in Google's settlement with the FTC that requires the Internet search giant to submit to external audits of their privacy practices every other year. "We believe this is something that the FTC needs to look at," Rotenberg said. Google calls the new feature rolling out to users of its English-language search engine "Search Plus Your World. " It mostly affects the one in four people who log into Google or Google+ while searching the Web. Google has been working for years to create a personal search engine that knows its users so well it delivers results tailored to them. Critics also say the move raises alarm bells for consumer privacy.
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