Although both Facebook and Google has not yet announced this officially, some folks are reporting that status updates from Facebook pages will start showing up on Google search results today. Of course, this comes hot on the heels of Yahoo’s announcement of their content-sharing deal with Twittter.
And so the race to become a real-time search engine is starting to heat up. Google of course was ahead of the game as it incorporated Twitter updates to search results as early as December last year. While recently, it has also started incorporating MySpace status updates.
But while Google’s deal with Twitter and MySpace includes status updates of members, the deal with Facebook is limited only to status updates of Facebook pages. Of course this is understandable since Facebook has a much closer ties with Microsoft Bing.
And in case you’re not aware Facebook pages are basically accounts used for marketing and advertising purposes of consumer brands so, there’s really not much real-time in this regard since those Facebook pages are rarely updated after all.
Makes me wonder right now, as to when Google will incorporate updates coming from Google Buzz to search results. Although I’m not really hoping that they would.
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