Google Realtime Search Goes Missing

Vanessa Fox on
  • Categories: Channel: Consumer, Google: Real Time Search
  • Update: A couple hours after this post was published, Google spokesperson Gabriel Stricker shared this statement with us:

    We’ve temporarily disabled We’re exploring how to incorporate our recently launched Google+ project into this functionality going forward, so stay tuned.

    Also see our updated article with more details, As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline.

    Below is the original article….

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    As I noted a couple of days ago, Google has started rolling out user interface changes to many of their products, including search. Google plans to continuing evolving the UI throughout the summer, and in some cases, that includes removing functionality. Presumably, Google is removing features that weren’t used often or are being replaced with other functionality. Earlier today, we noted that Google confirmed removal of the Wonder Wheel, which, while never the most dazzling in graphic design, was pretty cool for visually exploring related topics (both for searchers and for researchers).

    But now, real-time updates has gone missing. A glitch or is it gone for good? I’m thinking it’s a glitch. Signs it’s gone:

    • The “Realtime” option is no longer in the Google search left sidebar

    • The “Realtime results” is missing from the News OneBox

    Signs this might be a glitch:

    I also find it unlikely that this was intentional, as searching Twitter and other real-time updates has become so integral to news results. See a few examples below of how things looked before Realtime Search disappeared.

    Now there’s a bunch of white space where the Tweets column used to be.

    Postscript: See As Deal With Twitter Expires, Google Realtime Search Goes Offline.

    About The Author

    Vanessa Fox
    Vanessa Fox is a Contributing Editor at Search Engine Land. She built Google Webmaster Central and went on to found software and consulting company Nine By Blue and create Blueprint Search Analytics< which she later sold. Her book, Marketing in the Age of Google, (updated edition, May 2012) provides a foundation for incorporating search strategy into organizations of all levels. Follow her on Twitter at @vanessafox.