Google and Realtime Search

Google has temporarily disabled its Realtime search function with the introduction of its social network Google+.

Google originally developed this feature to incorporate real-time data from Twitter and other social-networking sites. Google removed this option from the search bar, and the feature's web page now contains a 404 message.

"We've temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We're exploring how to incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned."

Google began indexing real-time Twitter messages in its search results in 2009, but it appears that this arrangement has expired.

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

When Realtime returns it will feature content from a variety of sources, not just Google+, Google told SearchEngineLand.