Google temporarily disables ‘Realtime’ search

Google Inc. has temporarily shut down a search engine
feature that allows users to find real-time updates from Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed
and other social networking sites.

A message posted early Monday on Twitter by the team behind
Google Realtime says the search feature has been temporarily disabled while
Google explores how to incorporate its recently launched Google+ project into
the feature. The tweet tells readers to “stay tuned.”

The company envisions including Google+ information along
with other Realtime data from a variety of sources, said Gabriel Stricker, a
Google spokesman.

Google+ is the search giant’s latest stab at entering the
social networking segment of the Internet. The project was unveiled last week
and lets users share things with small groups of people.