Google and Twitter reach stalemate in Realtime search talks

19/10/2011

Twitter and Google have so far failed to reach an agreement on integrating their real-time search tools, according to a news report. Reporting from the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, The Daily Telegraph spoke to Twitter's chief executive Dick Costolo, who revealed that negotiations with Google on renewing the partnership had failed so far.

19/10/2011

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“We [Twitter and Google] just can’t agree on what the appropriate value exchange is. And I don’t mean that in terms of dollars...There are all sorts of details that we couldn’t come to grips with,” Costolo told the paper.

"Anytime you are negotiating with a company, it's true that the devil's in the details. We just can't agree on what the appropriate value exchange is. And I'm not just talking dollars."

Costolo was quick to add that he hasn't given up on the possibility that the two companies can find common ground on the issue. "We talk to these guys all the time, so we'll see what happens," he said.

Google’s ‘Realtime Search’ used relevant data from Twitter, Facebook and other social media services to deliver search results in real time.

Google took Realtime Search down in July after it failed to come to an agreement with Twitter for continued access to Twitter‘s firehouse of data. Without a constant stream of tweets, the product was far less useful.

Back in August, according to a report in technology blog Mashable, Google was “actively working” on bringing Realtime back, only with Google+ as the main source of data.

Singhal added that the team was experimenting with adding data from Google+ and other sources.

Last week, Vic Gundotra, a senior vice president of engineering at Google, reported in a Google+ post that the company was rolling out real-time search results for its new social network.

"Now when you search in Google+, you'll see a message about new posts the instant they're available," wrote Gundotra. "If you click on this message, or select "most recent, then relevant posts will start appearing in real time."

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