January 11, 2012
Google’s new ‘Search plus your world’ has come under fire for ‘warping’ the search giant’s results.
The feature, which mixes ‘standard’ Google search results with personalised results from Google’s Plus social network, has been criticised by Twitter’s general counsel Alex Macgillivray – himself an ex-employee of the search giant.
‘Bad day for the Internet,’ said Macgillivray via his personal Twitter account. ‘Having been there, I can imagine the dissension at Google to search being warped this way.’ The feature, which offers users the option to add Google Plus results to search, to create personalised results, was announced by Google yesterday.
‘Search is still limited to a universe of webpages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met. Today, we’re changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search,’ said the company.