Alternate Reality

Google to Stream Updates From Abandoned MySpace Profiles

Google is adding real-time status updates from MySpace into its search results, making useless information from two years ago easier than ever to find.

By (@JRRaphael)

February 16, 2010

The story you're about to read is not (entirely) true. It is, however, more accurate than most things on network television.

MySpace is finally entering the world of real-time search, approximately two years after anyone last used its services.

MySpace Real-Time StreamThe abandoned social network announced on Tuesday that MySpace status updates would start appearing in Google’s real-time search results. The data will be displayed alongside updates from still-active social networks such as Twitter and FriendFeed.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to find the dumb shit they posted two years ago, before ditching us for Facebook,” a company spokesperson did not say.

Among the early real-time results seen on Google:

  • “OMG, did U see the new glittery graphic I put on my profile??”
  • “This site is sooooo much cooler than Friendster, thanx for telling me about it!”
  • “hi there Brian14….wanna trade pix? 74/m/sex offender here”

When asked about the potential privacy implications of such a sweeping change, advocates chuckled and walked away.

Get fresh geek humor delivered daily: RSS | E-Mail | Twitter