October 26th, Google launched a new labs product called Google Social Search. It is basically the only labs product I left on, by default, for my Google searches - it is that cool.
Over the weekend, I like many many others, noticed a Google notice that Social Search was "no longer available" as a Google experimental option. We all currently get this error:
There are many complaining about it on the blogs, Twitter and in the Google Web Search Help thread. So I emailed Google, asking what is up and they said:
The Google Social Search experiment is temporarily down. We are working on it and expect to restore access sometime Monday or Tuesday.
So expect this feature to return back sometime today or tomorrow. Honestly, this is a feature that I doubt Google will ever completely terminate.
Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.