Google introduces real-time search

Darren Allan

December 8, 2009

Google searches are set to return real-time results, with the site partnering up with companies including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and others in order to deliver this.

It isn’t the first search engine to go real-time, mind you, as Microsoft’s Bing signed up a deal with Twitter and Facebook in late October.

Back then, Google said it would rather take its time to work on the quality of the search results given rather than get its service out first. And we shall soon see what sort of quality has been achieved, as the facility will be rolling out over the next few days.

What exactly will this mean in practice? Basically, when you enter a search query at Google, real-time results will pop up alongside the usual responses.

So if you’ve searched for “Gordon Brown”, the latest tweets on the subject of our PM from Twitter will be delivered for your scrutiny, just minutes after they’ve been posted.

Further results will appear as they become available in a small window under the search query box, scrolling down just like a news ticker.

A filter will be provided, too, so you can choose if you want real-time updates from just Twitter, Facebook, or whichever sources you prefer.

A Google spokesman commented on the site blog: “Our real-time search enables you to discover breaking news the moment it’s happening, even if it’s not the popular news of the day, and even if you didn’t know about it beforehand.”


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