What’s with Google’s Search plus Your World gimmick?
In a dramatic move of sorts Google launched its “Search plus Your World” service that integrates the Google+, its flagship social network into the search results Tuesday. This move is dubbed a gimmick to tackle the ever mounting popularity of social network Facebook.
Facebook is a rage and everyone around is hooked to it. And I am no exception. I must confess that I too am obsessed with the networking site.The fact that Facebook and Google are at loggerheads is an open secret. As a major search engine Google was enjoying its share of privileges and benefits. And then Facebook happened!
In a bid to arrest the Facebook mania, Google+ came into being amid much hype, pomp and show. And now all of a sudden we have the “Search Plus Your World.” It is a clear attempt from Google to save itself from losing the titan clash to Facebook. Appearance of Google+ on search results is a mere trick to promote and entice entice the users to connect with the search engine’s in-house networking site.
This new feature paves way for the search results to be loaded with additional data from the world of Google. That means Google has added a personal touch to the results by including Google+ profiles, business pages, posts, and Google+ and Picasa photos.Google aims at promoting its own Google+ over Facebook and Twitter in search results. In this significant move, the search giant will squeeze data from Google+ in search results while the user is simultaneously logged into the Google account.This innovative idea has nevertheless, not gone down well with others and Twitter is already complaining of Google’s move to be biased and against its own ethos. Twitter is afraid that it will be harder to use Google to find timely Twitter posts about breaking news such as tweets from protesters in countries like Egypt and Syria.Google is planning to roll out this opt-out feature to its global audience in the next few days. However, only the users using English as search platform would be able to avail this service.
“Search is still limited to a universe of web pages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met. Today, we’re changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search,” Amit Singhal, Google Fellow announced on the official Google blog.With this Google aspires to add a personal touch to search by including results from people familiar with the searcher. Search plus Your World is the first step towards revolutionizing the age old format of searching information online.
Three types of data that will show up using the new service:
- Personal results
The search includes data from your own Google+ photos and posts as well as data shared on Google+. Results may include non-public Google+ photos and posts that were shared with you or posts you shared with a select group of people.
- Profiles in search
As the name suggest, results will display Google+ profiles as a result to the search query. The new profile results will also include Google+ profiles of celebrities like authors, musicians, and actors.
- People and pages
These results are corresponding to Google+ business pages and notable Google+ users.Many believe that Google, with its unprecedented move, might land itself in the antitrust trouble over Search plus Your World. In the end it is the user who gets to decide whether he wants Google+ to mess up the search results or not. If the answer is NO then he can simply turn it off by adjusting the search settings once the new feature rolls out to his account!