Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Google Realtime Search Goes Offline As The Deal With Twitter Expires

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, google, News, Rants & Raves, Social Networks, Tech., Twitter

Google’s agreement with Twitter to carry its results has expired, taking with it much of the content that was in the service with it. Google has this explanation:

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.

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.

As for other features such as social search, they will continue to exist, though without Twitter data from the special feed.

Our vision is to have include Google+ information along with other realtime data from a variety of sources.

Google Realtime Search had carried content from a variety of services beyond Twitter, including Facebook fan page updates, Quora and Gowalla content, Check out the full source list:
  • Twitter tweets
  • Google News links
  • Google Blog Search links
  • Newly created web pages
  • Freshly updated web pages
  • FriendFeed updates
  • Jaiku updates
  • updates
  • TwitArmy updates
  • Google Buzz posts
  • MySpace updates
  • Facebook fan page updates
  • Quora
  • Gowolla
  • Plixi
  • Me2day
  • Twitgoo

Still, as said, Twitter was the by far the most dominant content within the service. It’s unclear why the agreement was allowed to expire. Twitter has this to reply:

Since October 2009, Twitter has provided Google with the stream of public tweets for incorporation into their real-time search product and other uses. That agreement has now expired. We continue to provide this type of access to Microsoft, Yahoo!, NTT Docomo, Yahoo! Japan and dozens of other smaller developers. And, we work with Google in many other ways.

For its part, Google said:

Twitter has been a valuable partner for nearly two years, and we remain open to exploring other collaborations in the future.

Twitter has largely outsourced the service of Twitter search longer than a few days to Google, a deliberate decision so that Twitter could focus on other search features, such as its new Top Tweets feature

You can certainly understand why Google+ has become even more important to the service now. While Google has gotten by largely without social signals from Facebook, having its own data from Google+ gives it insulation if it now has to get by without Twitter signals, as well.

[via searchengineland]

Google+ Official iPhone App Is Awaiting Apple’s Approval

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Facebook, Gadgets, iPad, iPhone, News, Social Networks

According to Google’s Erica Joy, an official Google+ iPhone application has been submitted to the App Store, and is currently awaiting Apple’s approval.

The news came via Erica Joy’s Google+ account, in an update that read:

For all my iPhone using friends: the Google+ iPhone app has been submitted to the App Store (no, not today, sometime prior to today) and is awaiting approval.

Google+, a brand new social network, launched recently, and it is something to take on Facebook dominance in social networks. If you were lucky enough and have got your hands on an invite you will definitely find a cool and refreshing new social network.

If Erica Joy’s update is anything to go by, we can expect a Google+ application to hit the App Store soon. and hopefully a universal app for iPhone and iPad for a real Facebook competition.

Introducing Google+ When the Search Giant Goes Social

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Featured, google, News, Social Networks, Tech.

Google, the world’s largest search company, is competing, apparently, with Facebook to become a major force in social networking. Google+ announced today and it looks promising.

Not to mention, Google+ designed by one of the creators of the original Macintosh. Wired’s Steven Levy is reporting that Andy Hertzfeld, actually, played an essential role in the design of Google+.

With colorful animations, drag-and-drop magic, and whimsical interface touches, Circles looks more like a classic Apple program than the typically bland Google app. That’s no surprise since the key interface designer was legendary software artist Andy Hertzfeld.

Google+ design really is excellent, especially for Google. It is invite-only at the moment.


Google has released many videos explaining the new project: +Circles: +Sparks: +Mobile: Instant Upload +Hangouts: And +Huddle, the Android App:

iPhone and PS3 Hacker George Hots ‘GeoHot’ Now Works For Facebook

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Facebook, Featured, Gadgets, iPhone, Jailbreak, News, PS3, Rants & Raves, Rumors

Hacker George HotzGeoHot’, who recently settled a lawsuit with Sony for publishing a PlayStation 3 crack online, now works for Facebook. His exact position with the company is unclear, but he may be on a the development team tasked with building the social network’s new Pad app.

Geohot reportedly started working for Facebook last month but the announcement was made on 17th June only to be discovered today. According to iDB:

We were just tipped off by the folks at Tech Unwrapped that George Hotz is now working for Facebook. Needless to say that I was a bit skeptical about the news and when I inquired for more details, I was pointed to GeoHot’s very own Facebook profile where he confirms that he is indeed working for Facebook…

According to Gabe Rivera, GeoHot started working for Facebook in May, but he only announced it on June 17. If you have a look at his Facebook profile, it’s pretty clear that he is not joking.

Hacker Joshua Hill, aka @p0isixNinja, who said in a recent interview that Hotz had made the move. Hill reportedly challenged Hotz to a iPad 2 jailbreak duel. Watch the live Q&A session:

Geohot is a well-known for having originally unlocked the iPhone for use on wireless carriers other than AT&T and also for hacking into Sony’s PlayStation 3 console back in January and later sued by Sony. The case settled later in April.

GeoHot is also known for iOS jailbreaking using a bootrom exploit found since iOS 4.1. The jailbreak tool called Limera1n and still in use since then.

[via Yahoo]

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