Twitter’s criticism, which came hours after Google announced new features aimed at making search results more personalized, underscored the growing competition between the web companies. And it comes at a time when Google is facing antitrust scrutiny for favoring its own services within its search results.
Commenting on the Google’s search engine changes, Twitter’s spokesperson said in a statement :
However Google said it that was abiding by code embedded within certain Twitter messages instructing search engines not to rank the messages within their search results.
On Twitter’s statement, Google said :
With Tuesday’s changes to Google’s search engine, photos and posts from Google+ will increasingly appear within the search results. The changes effectively create customized search results for people who are logged in to Google. A person, who searches for the term “chikoo” for example, might find private photos that their friends have shared on Google+ as well as public information about the islands.
Twitter’s general counsel, Alex Macgillivray, a former Google attorney, said in a Tweet on Tuesday :