Search Engines – The Google Search Plus v. Twitter Issue – “A Bad Day for the Internet”

Lawfuel.com – A former Google partner, Twitter, has denounced the introduction of the new Search plus Your World this week.

On his personal Twitter account, the Twitter general counsel Alex Macgillivray said the launch of Search Plus was “a bad day for the internet.” Macgillivray, who is an ex-Google deputy general counsel, added: “Having been there, I can imagine the dissension @Google to search being warped this way.”

It was anticipated that Search + might draw some criticism on privacy or security grounds and whether it would steal traffic from the news sites on the Web.

Twitter’s formal statement on Search Plus, which was e-mailed to news outlets Tuesday afternoon, is a bit longer than a tweet from its general counsel but just as direct:

For years, people have relied on Google to deliver the most relevant results anytime they wanted to find something on the Internet.

Often, they want to know more about world events and breaking news. Twitter has emerged as a vital source of this real-time information, with more than 100 million users sending 250 million tweets every day on virtually every topic. As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and tweets are often the most relevant results.

We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.

On his personal Twitter account, Twitter general counsel Alex Macgillivray (speaking for himself, not the company) called the launch of Search Plus “a bad day for the internet.” Macgillivray, himself an ex-Google deputy general counsel, added: “Having been there, I can imagine the dissension @Google to search being warped this way.”

Google, in turn, posted this short comment on the company Google+ profile:

We are a bit surprised by Twitter’s comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have observed their rel=nofollow instructions.

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