Google on Wednesday announced that the Google+ social network wants to be like Twitter, more specifically the company rolled out hashtag support which provides access to Google searches. The company also announced that real-time searches can now be conducted through the Google+ platform.
Vic Gundotra, Google’s SVP of social, explained in a post:
“Now when you search in Google+, you’ll see a message about new posts the instant they’re available,” while adding, “If you click on this message, or select ‘Most recent,’ then relevant posts will start appearing in real-time.”
When hashtags are used they automatically link to search results for the terms which might make “Imhavingareallybaddaytoday” seem irrelevant while popular terms such as #iPHone4S will yield the type of results people want. Thankfully Google is capable of breaking up strings of characters into search terms which means #iPhone4STroubleshooting” displays on Google.com search results as “iPhone 4S Troubleshooting” without users having to break up strings into separate words.
With the announcement of a real-time search option it’s likely that Google.com will eventually receive better search results based off Google+ semantic results, something they struggled to get right with Twitter.com feeds before eventually losing access to Twitter data when they couldn’t reach an agreement with the company in July.
Here’s a video introduction to the new features: