Social Networks Unite Against Google’s G Plus-Integrated Search

January 24th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Fearing that Google is veering away from its mission of being a neutral Internet directory, engineers from Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace created an open-source plug-in to alter Google’s “Search Plus Your World” that prioritizes data collected from its social network Google+ in its search engine results.

This plug-in would include social media results from other social networks apart from G+ such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Tumblr, Quora, and MySpace.

For instance, searching for “Britney Spears” on Google would not only yield her Google+ profile or any posts on G+ about her, but also related results from other social networks such as Britney’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The engineers of the plug-in hope that it would provide more relevant search results for generic terms. They cited, for example, a search for “facebook” would not yield to Mark Zuckerberg’s empty Google+ profile.

Source: Washington Post


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