Google Real Time Search Coming Back With Twitter Deal; Spammers Rejoice

Feb 5, 2015 - 8:22 am 2 by
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Twitter & Google LogoLast night, Bloomberg reported that Twitter and Google struck a new deal to give Google access to their firehose of Tweets again.

Back in July 2011, Google's real time search feature went offline and after some time, Google confirmed their deal with Twitter to gain access to their data in real-time was not renewed.

Bloomberg reports that the two companies have renewed their deal and have begun working on bringing back real-time search, powered by Twitter, into Google's search results.

Honestly, I have been tracking Google real-time search since the day it stopped working, I have a few bookmarks that would trigger it to show up, based on the old infrastructure Google used to display those results. I was hoping Google would find another way to bring it back, but they didn't - they had to do a licensing deal with Twitter, I guess.

Former Googler, Pedro Dias, posted his dissatisfaction over the news on Twitter saying:

In the past Google built a whole infrastructure to plug Twitter's firehose, only for them to bail out after one year.

He feels like it will be a waste to rebuild that infrastructure and have Twitter just pull the plug again on Google after a year. But I guess someone at Google sees otherwise. I do remember Matt Cutts talking about this at a conference, explaining that they don't want to be in a situation again where they put all these engineer hours around a specific closed feed and then lose the licensing deal. I wonder if this Twitter deal is different in some how then the original.

That being said, Black Hat World, a forum filled with "black hat SEOs," that some would call SEO spammers, is really exciting. They are looking for new ways to quickly and efficiently get content into Google and at the top of the results. One said:

It will be interesting on how to optimize for tweets in Google...

let the spam games begin

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld and Black Hat World.


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