Google has officially launched a realtime component to its search engine. The function was first trialled in August 2009 and now has its own official page, accessed either though this link (google.com/realtime is being rolled out at the moment) or through the ‘updates’ tab on the left-hand sidebar.
Google Realtime harvests news updates from news sites, blog posts and social networking sites and updates the results feed, Twitter-style as they happen. It allows filtering of results by location, and time; the graph at the top of the page plotting the number of results by hour, day, month or year, allowing users to read through the history of a specific event, as the promotional video says; “to see what people were saying about a topic in the past.”
Users can also create customisable email alerts based on the results, which plugs neatly into the Google Alerts function.
Link: Google Blogs
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