Looks like Google is doing another upgrade to everybody’s favorite search engine. They’re calling it Search plus Your World, and it will ostensibly allow people to search both privately shared content from friends and family and the entire worldwide web, rather than having to search twice using two different systems.
The downside? Search Plus Your World may cause some privacy worries by making private content more visible to friends and family than those sharing may have initially intended. Personal, Private, Public & Social United. The new format and features will also likely cause Google to come under renewed fire that it is leveraging its search engine to favor its own content and crowd out competitors.
Google searches will now include Personal, Private, Public and Social:
- Listings from the web
- Listings from the web, boosted because of your personal behavior
- Listings from the web, boosted because of your social connections
- Public Google+ posts, photos or Google Picasa photos (all of which are also listings from the web)
- Private or “Limited” Google+ posts, photos or Google Picasa photos shared with you.
Private content will now be visible in what seems to be a search across the entire web. Not surprising, people with Google+ accounts are going to be much more heavily highlighted in Google search. This might be a very good time to get started with google+.