Earlier today, Google announces “Search Plus Your World,” a personalization search experience that bring Google+ search results into your Google.com search results (optionally of course).
However, Twitter wasn’t happy with this and the company’s General Counsel Alex Macgillivray, called it “A bad day for the Internet” in a tweet, stating that some of his former colleagues were likely upset by the decision to “warp” Google’s results.
Following this, Twitter issued a statement denouncing the feature:
“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.”
In response, Google posted on its official Google+ Page:
“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,” Google stated.