Google shuts down Realtime search feature for now

In a bit of a surprise move, Google has opted to shut down its Realtime search feature, at least for the moment. CNet's News.com reports that the move is due to the fact that an agreement between Google and the Twitter social networking service has apparently expired. The Realtime search feature on Google was designed to search on Twitter and other similar sites.

The Realtime search page now links to a 404 error page message. Ironically, Google's own Twitter page for the Realtime search feature also has a message about the shutdown. It states, "We've temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We're exploring how to incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned." Google+ is the social networking service that Google has just recently launched and is still in the early stages of development.

The Search Engine Land web site also has some more info about the Realtime shut down via a statement from Google. The statement says that an agreement between Google and Twitter that allowed Google to access Twitter message via the special feed expired on Saturday. It added, "While we will not have access to this special feed from Twitter, information on Twitter that’s publicly available to our crawlers will still be searchable and discoverable on Google." While Twitter was the most popular feed used by the Realtime service it also accessed other web sites and services like MySpace, Google News, Facebook fan pages and more. Google's statements did not give a reason why the agreement with Twitter was not extended.

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Shut it down for good, or at least turn it off by default. I hate that annoying garbage. Dear Google, don't start searching until I'm finished typing, thanks. I'll tell you when I'm ready to search!

I used to use the "latest" results option on Google all the time, but never had any care (nor saw) results for Twitter posts. A great shame they've taken the whole thing down just because they can't include Twitter results anymore.

I WANT IT BACK.... just don't show results from twitter and mention that you aren't showing results from there.

Thank god that crap is gone, can now disabled the adblock block on the JS file!
Also, 'Error 404 (Not Found)!!1' as the title, are they trying to do the '!111oneeleven" thing or did someone actually forget the shift key?

n_K said,
Thank god that crap is gone, can now disabled the adblock block on the JS file!
Also, 'Error 404 (Not Found)!!1' as the title, are they trying to do the '!111oneeleven" thing or did someone actually forget the shift key?
+1

n_K said,
Thank god that crap is gone, can now disabled the adblock block on the JS file!
Also, 'Error 404 (Not Found)!!1' as the title, are they trying to do the '!111oneeleven" thing or did someone actually forget the shift key?
I'm trying to keep up to date with the latest goings on @ Tiger Airways (possibly collapse) as I have a booking with them. So I am really missing this as it provided up to the minute news/links/reports etc from a variety of real time sources.

So this 'crap' that you 'thank god...is gone' is being missed by me. Why the hate?

r3stle55 said,
I'm trying to keep up to date with the latest goings on @ Tiger Airways (possibly collapse) as I have a booking with them. So I am really missing this as it provided up to the minute news/links/reports etc from a variety of real time sources.

So this 'crap' that you 'thank god...is gone' is being missed by me. Why the hate?

He didn't like it, so he's happy it's gone. So am I! But don't take it personally, it's just an opinion.

Ooops, I'm thinking of something else.
Actually I'm going to kind of miss this, it was handy for twitter.

Come back soon!!

Majesticmerc said,

Its like when you have 10 thousand spoons, and all you need is a knife.

Alanis Morissette reference! yes! hahah!