Internet search giant Google disabled the Realtime Search feature in the search engine on July 3rd due to the expiration of an agreement with Twitter. Apparently, the move has also been taken with a view to integrate the feature with the company’s fledgling social networking site Google+.
In a statement yesterday Google explained why the feature had been stalled: "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 the real-time search has been temporarily disabled, Google is looking to explore how to incorporate Google+," the company added.
The Realtime Search was introduced by Google to find and display real time updates from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed and other such platforms. However, the feature did not support Google+, which is why the company took it offline so that the developers can work more on integrating its much anticipated social media offering.
“Our vision is to have google.com/realtime include Google+ information along with other realtime data from a variety of sources,” a Google spokesman reportedly said in a statement to Search Engine Land, the Washington Post reports.
The company also revealed that in order to achieve that goal, it had no other way but to shut down the RealTime search feature, which is currently in its beta version.
Experts are of the opinion that shutting down the widely popular service just to accommodate the new product is a little bit on the risky side. Also, the move shows how confident Google is about its fledgling social media site competing with the more established platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.