Twitter and Facebook say 'Don't Be Evil' to Google

24 January 2012

Google Popeye

Hey everyone! You'll be thrilled to the point of trouser eruption at the news that there's a new browser add-on! It only works for Firefox users and is called ‘Don’t Be Evil’.


Well, it has ben created in an attempt to stop Google from promoting its own social network, Google+, to the top of people’s web searches. Everyone thinks that it isn't exactly playing fair.

Basically, it is in response to Google's announcing of a search update called ‘Search Plus Your World’, which means that users will see more links to Google+ when they search for stuff online. Quite a few people are unhappy about this, not least, European competition authorities who have the whiff of a monopoly abuse, and as such, are investigating.

“You can find relevant Google+ posts from friends talking about an amazing trip they just took, whether they’ve shared privately with you or publicly,” Google said in a blog post. "Starting today, if you search for a topic like [music] or [baseball], you might see prominent people who frequently discuss this topic on Google+ appearing on the right-hand side of the results page."

Twitter is angry about it (Twitter is always angry about something) with its most senior lawyer, Alex Macgillivray, branded the launch a “bad day for the internet” and accused Google of “warping” search. Engineers from Twitter, Facebook and MySpace have all teamed-up to work with some developers from Firefox to create the ‘Don’t Be Evil’ add-on, which will negate this latest Google update.

Twitter followed Macgillivray’s comments, sniping that “Your World” would make it harder for web users to find relevant tweets. “For years, people have relied on Google to deliver the most relevant results anytime they wanted to find something on the Internet,” it said. “Often, they want to know more about world events and breaking news. Twitter has emerged as a vital source of this real-time information, with more than 100 million users sending 250 million Tweets every day on virtually every topic. As we've seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and Tweets are often the most relevant results."

“We're concerned that as a result of Google's changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that's bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.”

It can be downloaded from

TOPICS:   Technology   Social Media   Games


  • Dick
    If you want to find some breaking news on twitter, why not go to twitter? I wish there was some option on google to turn off any links to certain sites - I'd like to turn off twitter, ebay, etc. I know you can do it on a search by search basis, but it is a pain. I have to just bookmark a google search page with the options set to exclude the sites I don't want, and then change the search term. But it would be nice if I could save an option never to show me any links to twitter when I am logged into my google account.
  • Phil
    Hmm - Don't twitter prevent google from indexing tweets? Isn't that a similarly 'bad thing'? Facebook seem desperate to know everything I buy/visit online. They all seem as bad as one another if you ask me... Kettle calling pot black?
  • FaceOff
    I'd like the add-on extended to cover all the inane crap from all social networks, to make actual information more easy to find. A simple crap-on / crap-off button would do the job.
  • The B.
    People still use Firefox? Who knew?
  • Mike H.
    I just want to search for fucking porn! Stop trying to rape me with social fucking networks!

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