Google improves real-time search engine

It now has its own Web page, as well as new features to filter and narrow results

Google's real-time search engine, which indexes and serves up status updates, messages and other public content from sites like Twitter and Facebook, now has its own Web address and contains new filtering capabilities.

Google started incorporating real-time links into its results pages in December. However, in order to only specifically see this type of result, users have had to deliberately click on the filtering options labeled "latest" and "updates" in the result page's left-hand column.

If a section labeled "Latest Updates" appears in the results page, users can also click on it and be taken to a page that only contains real-time results.

But now, this search engine, called Google Realtime, has its own Web page at http://www.google.com/realtime for users who are looking specifically for this type of search result, Google said Thursday.

If that page doesn't load for some people on Thursday, it's because Google is rolling it out progressively, but the engine can be tested at this staging site: http://www.google.com/realtime?esrch=RealtimeLaunch::Experiment.

In addition to its new Web home, Google Realtime now features new options to filter and narrow results. For example, users can tell Google they only want to see results from a specific geographic location, or only results with images.

Another new feature is the ability to call up the entire thread, or conversation, that a particular Twitter post is part of, so that users can see it in context.

Google also has added search alerts for real-time results, so that users can be notified via e-mail whenever Google Realtime discovers a specific query term while crawling its real-time sources.

For Google's search team, it's important to offer users the ability to search for real-time content, given the massive popularity that social-networking and microblogging sites have gained in recent years.

Most of the real-time fodder for search engines comes in the form of status updates, popularized by Twitter, where people, companies and public figures post short text messages about a variety of topics and for a variety of purposes.

For example, individuals often comment about news events, companies promote their products and public figures communicate with their fans.

Still, Google and other search engines can only index content that users have determined is public, and the proportion of private and public content varies from site to site. For example, most Twitter posts are public, which isn't the case on Facebook.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Googleinternetsearch engines

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?