It’s taken them over a month to get it live, but Google have now officially launched real-time search.
We first told you about Google’s deal with Twitter to bring up-to-the-minute search results back in October. At the time there was a lot of speculation on how Google would present this data to searchers. Well, here’s how it looks:
When compared to Bing and Yahoo!’s real-time offerings, Google is first class. You have to go to a completely separate page to view Bing’s real-time results, while Yahoo! doesn’t actually show the tweets themselves but the links to Twitter.
On the other hand, Google’s real-time search functionality will appear in main search results pages, just below the News results and above the top ranking natural search results.
In addition to including Facebook in its stream in the future, Google said it will be the first search company to partner with MySpace for real-time search. Here is a list of the data sources that are currently included:
Tweets from Twitter
Content from Google News
Content from Google Blog Search
Newly created web pages
Freshly updated web pages
If you want to learn more about Google’s real-time search, you can read the official blog post here or check out the video below.
Google will be rolling out real-time search over the next few days which will be automatically displayed in your search results, but if you can’t wait that long, simply click here.
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