I love it when tech companies start acting like bickering exes. This morning Google announced that it was gasp going to start mixing its
chocolate Google+ results into your peanut butter normal search results, optionally of course. Twitter wasn’t happy with this because Twitter and Google were totally dating for a year and nine months until they broke up last July.
Feeling threatened (because these Google+ results will inevitably drive valuable traffic back to Google’s own properties), Twitter was all like,”We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.”
Google was then like, “Wait a minute, weren’t you the one to leave first?” or more accurately with this (verbatim) statement on Google+ “We are a bit surprised by Twitter’s comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have observed their rel=nofollow instructions.”
As far as I can see, this is the first time that either company has blamed the other publicly for the non-renewal. According to one source Twitter just put a number on the new deal that was “too ridiculous” (under $100 million but still “a lot.”), so from Twitter’s perspective, it could look like Google wasn’t accepting its terms.
Twitter hasn’t responded to Google’s response yet. I hope it’ll be through a tweet.