Google search results get a lot more social; Twitter, Flickr and more

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Google has begun tweaking their social search results to include various social networking websites including: Twitter, Flickr, Reddit, Digg, Linkedin, YouTube and more. Prior to today, these social search results would only appear at the bottom of the page, but Google has now incorporated these results with regular search results.

According to SearchEngineLand.com, these search results can also be a lot more personal by connecting your Flickr, Twitter or anyone of the allowed social networking websites. Once connected, Google will use this information to generate results based on what your friends share on these social websites. Users should note that Google currently does not incorporate Facebook likes yet.

Google launched this social search project back in October 2009, where Bing followed exactly a year later with their version of social search, but with one major different, Bing uses your Facebook information to help generate results.

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These social search results can be disabled if a user wishes by simply by turning the feature off. This option panel is said to appear in the search results in the coming days.

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Always follow the money...

This cross-linking gets more traffic (or perceived traffic) for all of these sites, interconnected with one another, which means more advertisements served = more money (for everyone except the 99% of us who are just using the Internet).

I don't see Facebook integration into my Bing results yet, and I'm certainly I'm logged in into facebook through Bing. Strange.

Jarrichvdv said,
I don't see Facebook integration into my Bing results yet, and I'm certainly I'm logged in into facebook through Bing. Strange.

I do, but I don't think I have ever taken advantage of it.

StarLion said,
So they're catching up to Bing's Facebook integration...

Google Copied Bing Many Times, than the other way around. Without Bing, Google would have been stale up to now.

I don't think Google will have side bar filters, infinite Image Search scroll, or Social Search, had Bing Not been here.

Competition is good for us!!!

thenonhacker said,

Google Copied Bing Many Times, than the other way around. Without Bing, Google would have been stale up to now.

I don't think Google will have side bar filters, infinite Image Search scroll, or Social Search, had Bing Not been here.

Competition is good for us!!!


Infinite image search scroll I dun think Bing created too? There are like other things that does that too like Coolliris 3D wall.

tanjiajun_34 said,

Infinite image search scroll I dun think Bing created too? There are like other things that does that too like Coolliris 3D wall.

thats an addon, not something that will work in any plain (modern) browser.

Shadowzz said,

thats an addon, not something that will work in any plain (modern) browser.
We are talking about whose idea was that actually. Not what is it for.