Google cans Realtime Search for now

It looks like battles are afoot on the 'social' sphere of the web as Google attempts to flex its muscles to promote its new Google + weirdness.

First up Google's Realtime Search has been disappeared, delivering a 404. This appears to be a result of the deal with Twitter to carry real-time Twits having expired. The deal with Twitter expired on July 2, 2011 - spookily enough around the same time Google+ tipped up.

Google told Search Engine Land that while real-time tweets were out for the time being “information on Twitter that’s publicly available to our crawlers will still be searchable and discoverable on Google."

It looks like Twitter's out and Google Pus is in instead: “Our vision is to have google.com/realtime include Google+ information along with other realtime data from a variety of sources,” the firm said.

Google's deal with Twitter has been running since October 2009. The search outfit has been beavering away at creating a 'socisl' site since it s Buzz attempt was told to buzz off by miffed users. You think the outfit would have had enough time to sort out its Realtime Search by now.