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Twitter Statement on Google+ Integration with Google Search

By - January 10, 2012

The integration of Google+ into Google’s native search results has been at the top of Techmeme all day long. And right after I wrote my post on the subject (about four hours ago), Twitter’s general counsel picked up on it, resulting, I believe, in the most RT’s of a Searchblog post in the history of the site.

Just now I received an official statement from Twitter on the subject. I didn’t ask for it – I think it must have been sent out to a large list of press and bloggers. Here it is in full:

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.

Meanwhile, my aside at the bottom of the post wondering about anti-trust has been echoed by any number of well known commentators. I wonder if Facebook is about to make a statement?

For what it’s worth, I wrote about all this, after a fashion, in this post in 2009:

Google v. Facebook? What We Learn from Twitter.

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16 thoughts on “Twitter Statement on Google+ Integration with Google Search

  1. spragued says:

    Google has little to fear from regulators in the US (e.g., Obama’s anti-trust cop — who once threatened oversight — left to work for a law firm defending Google proxy Barnes & Noble from Android infringement charges. Cozy.) They have more to worry about from the EC — who aren’t so friendly to big American firms.

  2. When Google+ was introduced, I really did not think it would change things this big! So what does this exactly mean? Twitter and Bing are in harmony, so may be twitter should work on this equation more?

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