Andy Baio on a recent change to Google’s web search — the removal of the longstanding and beloved by search nerds + operator:
Google wouldn’t disclose exactly why they phased it out, though it
seems obvious that they’re paving the way for Google+ profile
searches. When Google+ launched, instead of adopting Twitter’s
@reply syntax, they coined their own format for mentioning people
— adding a plus to the beginning of a name — triggering the
future conflict with the + operator.
So not only has the push for Google+ resulted in the removal of sharing features from a mid-level Google property like Google Reader, but it’s altering the feature set of Google’s bread-and-butter flagship product: web search.
★ Tuesday, 1 November 2011