Google To Twitter: Wait, Didn’t *You* Break Up With Me?


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 (, 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.