Speed seems to be the new mantra for Google. The real time web search has got a big boost with Google Realtime search page which lets you see up-to-the-second social updates from Twitter/Facebook, breaking news articles and brand new blog posts about hot topics around the world.
And if you encounter a 404 page, it just means Google is yet to roll out the feature for you. Use this link till then. Google realtime search lets you search faster and gets results directly on the new Realtime homepage.
On the new homepage you’ll find some great tools to help you refine and understand your results. First, you can use geographic refinements to find updates and news near you, or in a region you specify.
In recent times, people used to head to Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates on some breaking news. Clearly, Google wasn’t impressed with that and hence this fully featured page specially to counter Twitter and Facebook.
At google.com/realtime, people will be able to search for those seconds-ago reports from Twitter as well as Buzz, Facebook, Friendfeed, MySpace, Jaiku and Identi.ca. Check out the demo video of the new features and quick tips on how to use them:
Google Realtime Search – Prone to spam?
One thing I fear about Google’s realtime search is its ability to fight spam. I am not sure what would happen if spammers target websites like Twitter and Facebook for hot keywords. How efficient is Google to fight such scenarios in real-time?
RWW lists out some other missing features in Google realtime search.