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5:22 am on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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There's been a few mentions of this out on the interwebs this week - now Google makes the official announcement: [googleblog.blogspot.com...]

...starting this week we officially added MySpace content to real-time search... These updates are all ranked to reflect the most relevant, freshest results, many of which are just seconds old.... You can find the MySpace updates in our real-time mode by clicking on "Show Options" and then "Updates."
7:59 am on Feb 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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most relevant, freshest results
and they're talking about MySpaz, what's next: Bebo, Digg, Elbows?

In any case, I'm getting the impression that G is frantically looking for an unique edge to gather as much consumer data as it can from an audience that uses the web purely for entertainment and shopping. Its days as a search engine are counted...
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Maybe they just don't want to be embarrassed the next time something really big happens, like they were when Michael Jackson died.
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From search engine morph into ads network, seems a logical choice to make.

In fact, most google revenue are from adwords. So, it's better think of google as ads network.

Currently, they still get free data sniff from websites. But the trend looks like about to change, e.g.:
- (formerly) google pay apple for search referral to it's serp (with ads).
- ms wants to pay apple for search referral.
- ms and google pay twitter to get data for their serp (with ads).

(maybe) Next:
- search engine pay major news media to get data sniff for serp (with ads).
- other sites require membership (free or paid) for accessing their contents so search engine will never get data from them.
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hmm will myspace not loose visits then and are they not owned by newscorp or something
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Can you get a backlink from uploading myspace videos?
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The Twitter scroll boxes vanished from my areas but I expect them to come back. That plus this will eventually discourage people from venturing past page one. Guaranteed to drive Adword prices up even further to be on page one.
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as if adwords prices wern't already high enough!
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I saw some live twitter results, damn if I wanted that I would ask for it, now we have images, shopping, twitter bla bla in the search results, why cant it just be pure results, stop messing around when things work.
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yes i agree, googles search results look very sloppy and if its and image, video, or news it normally points you back to a google service. So google is showing more google content and less web content.
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So google is showing more google content and less web content.
I am sure this is what we all do with our sites. Understand Google is a search engine but it is also a company that needs to make money. The logical approach is to keep as many people on Google as they can. I do it you do it we all do it so why not expect google to do it.

It is their website to do as they please, out best approach is to expect it and work other avenues of traffic to keep afloat.

I remember a great post back during the bigdaddy update. What would you do if SE's went away. It made me think what I could do now to prepare for the future.
Can I say it has worked yes to an extent. I have done a number of things to generate traffic other than SE's, and continue to operate into the future, whatever that may be.
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^ yes but at some point google won't be a web search engine only a google engine for google content.
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Google is suffering from its own little identity crisis.
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One question I can't stop asking whenever I hear about twitter-posts, myspace-updates and the like in the SERPS, is: WHY?

What is it good for? Who would want this? What kind of benefit does this give to... whom?

I just don't understand it at all.
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I think if you had access to the raw numbers you would see a big slide in Googles market share, they are in a spin trying pretty much anything they can. I think that is the why, the ship is leaking. They are trying to cater to a changing more highly "internet" skilled audience. I don't think serving garbage such as Myspace and Twitter into the results is going to do it for them however.
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Geez did I speak prematurely. Google has now come back with a really large self-scrolling box of Tweeter ads in my areas. The tweets are scrolling automatically as they come in. If this isn't the height of tackiness and drivel being shoved in people's faces. A spammers's dream come true. Where in the world did Google get the idea I wanted to see nonsense posted from texters.
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Ah, so your SERPs were spared the Twitter integration until now? Some SERPs have seen it since December 10, 2009 reference [webmasterworld.com].
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a big slide in Googles market share


I don't see that, and I haven't really heard that reported from others either. On what facts do you base that suggestion?
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I was seeing it but not this big a box of Tweets. Meanwhile I've to got see what Anika thinks:

Geez, Tammy thatís so not real. I havenít heard back from Anika. Key me if you do.

As an update: Anika has had a bad hair day and she so does not feel like talking.
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@ outland88 : I guess it's time to change the query...

Can you imagine how much of a headache this could cause parents? Okay kids, time to turn Google off and go to bed... Awe Mom, just one more query, pleeeeeeeaaaaaaase? We haven't search for 'completely stupid nonsense' yet and it's our favorite...
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Realistically what exactly do tweets, facebook comments, myspace comments have to do with SEARCH?! I'm completely lost why Bing, Google or Yahoo are doing this. Who really cares what people are tweating and commenting about, if I wanted to find conversation I'd be on a forum, skype, facebook, or twitter themselves not searching for posts and/or conversation on a search engine. If anything this just opens up more lawsuits just because EVERYTHING will be indexed.


I was seeing it but not this big a box of Tweets. Meanwhile I've to got see what Anika thinks:

Geez, Tammy thatís so not real. I havenít heard back from Anika. Key me if you do.

As an update: Anika has had a bad hair day and she so does not feel like talking.


Exactly the constant drivel that is being indexed.
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claus - In general Google has less of the available audience, they may not have less traffic but they certainly have less of the available traffic. People are much smarter with their web browsing these days and website branding is much better via conventional media. More and more people go direct to sites like facebook, youtube, twitter and so on... Think about it, this is a bit of play to keep the traffic flowing through the Google pipe. These are my thoughts on it at least, it all comes down to eyeballs.
 

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