Google now displaying tweets in desktop search

The integration began earlier this year with mobile devices.

Twitter, Square founder Jack

Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey speaks at a Tokyo economic summit.

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A partnership between Google and Twitter that has placed tweets in Google search results on mobile devices since earlier this year has now been expanded to the desktop.

Relevant tweets will appear in desktop results for queries performed in English. The search doesn’t need to include the term “twitter” or twitter hashtags — if there are tweets that Google thinks are relevant, it will surface them anyway.

On Friday, for instance, a search for “President Obama” returned recent tweets from Obama’s Twitter account near the top of the page, below a few news articles.

The tweets that appear will include photos and links that may have been contained in the tweet.

Google has provided links to tweets in its search results for a long time, but showing the actual tweets could potentially give a boost to Twitter at a time when it’s struggling to add new users.

Google noted the expansion on Friday in an update to its earlier announcement around the mobile rollout.

The company has said it will make the feature available in other languages besides English.

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Tweets posted by the Twitter account @BarackObama appeared in Google search results on Aug. 21, 2015, after a search for “Barack Obama.”

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