Twitter, Google Trade Blows Over Social Search
Critics have piled on after Google announced changes to its search engine yesterday that increased the placement of content from its Google+ social network.
“Bad day for the Internet,” tweeted Alex Macgillivray, Twitter’s general counsel. His company also issued a statement yesterday: “”We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users,” it concluded.
At issue is how Google rolled out a new social search that completely ignored other social services such as Twitter and Facebook. The search giant defended its actions saying that it did not have access to crawl content on other sites, including Twitter.
Bloggers, including M.G. Siegler, questioned Google’s intention, with Siegler predicting that the Justice Department would soon be calling Google about the search tweak. The New York Times talked to an Internet law expert yesterday who said that he had deleted his Google+ profile.
Google later posted a reply on Google+ yesterday, targeting Twitter: “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.”