In Dec’09, Google introduced real-time search features located in the search sidebar to provide real-time content from a comprehensive set of sources: Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz and other sites where you can post public updates, integrated right into search results. Now, it has its own homepage, a logo and a name “Google Realtime”, and more powerful tools to help you refine and understand your results.
- Restrict search results to a location to find out what people from a certain place think about a topic. “You can use geographic refinements to find updates and news near you, or in a region you specify.”
- Conversations view, makes it easy to follow discussion on real-time web. And, “if one of the search results is part of a conversation, “full conversation” feature let you browse entire conversation in a single glance.” Geographic refinements and conversations views are available in ‘English, Japanese, Russian and Spanish’
- Finally, also added a new feature to Google Alerts “updates,” making it easy to stay informed about a topic. You can create alert specifically for “updates” in 40 languages. You can also set alerts to email you once per day or week.
Check the demo video:
You can visit Realtime Search directly from a browser, or click “Updates” link in left-hand panel of your search results, or to see new features go to this special URL: filtering results by location and showing the context of a message using a conversation view.