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Google suspends Realtime search after Twitter deal ends

Search engine hopes to relaunch the service

Google's Realtime search engine that allowed web users to trawl status updates, messages and other public content from sites like Twitter and Facebook, has been suspended after a deal with Twitter came to an end.

The deal, which was first announced in October 2009, finished on July 2.

"Since October of 2009, we have had an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results through a special feed, and that agreement expired on July 2," Google told Search Engine land.

"While we will not have access to this special feed from Twitter, information on Twitter that's publicly available to our crawlers will still be searchable and discoverable on Google."

However, the search engine didn't reveal why it had suspended the entire service even though it was only the deal with Twitter that had ended. The service also included Google News links and Google Blog search links.

Google did reveal it hopes to relaunch the service in the near future and include feeds from its own social network, Google+, which was launched at the end of last month.

"Our vision is to have google.com/realtime include Google+ information along with other realtime data from a variety of sources," the search engine said.


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