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Google adds public Facebook status updates to real-time search

February 25, 2010 |  9:22 am

Just a little over a week after it announced that MySpace updates would be included in its real-time search tool, Google reported on its Twitter account late Wednesday that public status updates from Facebook Pages have arrived on the company's real-time feature.

Google launched its real-time search in December. The feature gives users an up-to-date feed of tweets, blog postings and content from several other sources on hot Web topics.

Google was quick to point out that only those public status updates from Facebook Pages will be included in its search results. Most Facebook Pages are used to market a person, company or product, which means most of the updates will probably be marketing-related.

The chances of every public Facebook status update coming to Google's real-time search are extremely slim. Currently, only Google Search competitor Bing provides access to every public status update, thanks to Microsoft's strong relationship with Facebook.

Microsoft owns a small percentage of the social network. The company also powers Facebook's search.

-- Don Reisinger