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Yesterday, we reported that Google Realtime Search had mysteriously disappeared. Today comes the reason why: 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.
The details are interesting, but the lines are being drawn: Google+ is a direct competitor to Twitter, and so the orientation of Google as a whole to the streaming service will change.
It is starting here, in Google’s real-time search offering, but that’s just an initial foray, with Google decreasing the central role that Twitter plays in the real-time communication space, and trying to elbow Google+ into parity.
More important in the long run will be the nature of Twitter’s relationship with Apple, because the long-term battle is the social operating system war between Apple’s iOS/OS X and Google’s Android, with very different and potentially incompatible social worlds built in.