Google social search now live!
29 October, 2009 | Web design
Google's latest experiment has been released today. Google Social Search allows users to search via Twitter, FriendFeed, Gmail contacts and Gmail chat list for public content from your friends. The list of results includes:
- public profiles
- web content
- status updates
Although the Social Search is still in an experimental stage, the search feature produces some very good results. For example, a member of Resource Techniques signed into their Google account and search for the term 'estate agent' knowing that they have quite a few estate agent contacts. The results are as follows:
As you can see, there are a range of results, mostly from Twitter as they do not use FriendFeed. The great thing about social search is that it is bespoke to the user that has signed in. An important note here is that estate agents wanting to use Social Search must have a Google account. That Google account must either have contacts and/or linked to social networks otherwise the search feature will not work.
As you can see above, the same search term was placed into Google Social Search but it did not reveal any results.
Another important note is that this feature does not search in real time. That means that a friend or contact's Tweets on Twitter will not instantly be searchable through Social Search. There is a big chance that will be in the works, watch this space.
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