Written by:2009/12/08 05:49 PM
Yesterday, 7/12/2009, Google announced the launch of it’s Real-Time Search. Hot off the heals of Bing and Microsoft's announcement that it had a deal with Twitter for real time search and that they were also brokering a deal with the likes of Facebook.
Google is by no means the first or only real time search engine, or the only one offering real-time search. A few months ago I wrote an article on CrowdEye, which is a real time Twitter search engine. Written by former Microsoft search head Ken Moss. Read the article entitled: A new Twitter search engine launched by former Microsoft veteran.
Real-time search engines have popped up all over the place in the last few months.
Here is an interesting article written by Kim-Mai Cutler which explores 11 real time search contenders, excluding Google and Bing of course. The post is entitled Who rules real-time search? A look at 11 contenders.
So with all these other real time search options available to us. What makes Google so different that I should use them instead?
Google says the features aren’t available to everyone yet, but will be within the next few days. While it won’t yet show up by default when you search, you can trigger it easily. Just try the following:
Simply search for something and then add the following text to the end of the URL: “&esrch=RTSearch”
The trick doesn’t work for every query, but for searches where there are a lot of results you’ll find a small, frequently updating box somewhere at the top of your search results.
You can also view an entire page of live updates. Simply expand Google's Search options at the top of your page, normally under the Google Search box. Then click on “Updates” under “All Results”.
So have you tried Google’s Real-Time Search? If so let us know what you think in the comments below. In the mean time, enjoy the following video posted on YouTube showing us what Google’s Real-Time search is all about.
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