Breaking News:Google RealTime is UP!
Go to this link here — http://www.google.ca/realtime — to get a first look at same….and I’ll run thru some of the features here for your edification….
Firstly, for background, you might want to read Google’s own words on this launch…the original announcement is here and the launch notice is here….Danny Sullivan and Rae Hoffman, both top notch SEO world bloggers commented and if you take the time read same, you’d understand my own take, entitled “Google Opens Up a Dangerous Dooryway,” on this announcement from about 8 months ago too…previous comments aside here…you be the judge of what this new search engine idex will be, eh!
So, with the knowledge that this new search has some issues, go to the URL and take a look at a basic realtime search — I used “Paris Hilton” myself as the keyword phrase seemed pretty current….and let’s look at those results shall we? Here’s the resulting screen from same…
As you can see, Google RealTime gets it’s feed from a variety of sources like Twitter and Facebook and many other social media feeds.
Such items,when recorded in their own home URLs are then fed to Google for inclusion and show up when you do a search on the Google RealTime engine. I’ve circled a couple of them to show you that they are very very realtime results and are fed to your page in realtime.
What does that mean?
If you look here at my own results, you’ll note that I’ve circled the time noted for a result or two. This is the time that has elapsed, since the posted social media comment was made at Twitter or Facebook or wherever it might have been made.
This then truly is “realtime” results….22 seconds in my first result is pretty close to “now” and I’ve seen as I’m sure you will that you will often get results that are even shorter, much shorter in duration.
Note too, that the first result that I got, from AKAseoul, if you roll over or click on that link result URL, will take you to their own Twitter page here…this will of course, give back traffic to Twitter or whevever that results link points…furthering, IMHO, the connection between Google and the social media feed site.
And the feeds are realtime in truth too…as you watch the most recent ones be appended to the top of your results page…my own Paris Hilton search page is now a long scrolling one that goes back 21 minutes to the oldest search result and shows “seconds ago” as the newest…realtime search indeed!
Further, a look up at the top of the results page as in the pix here, shows that you can “filter” those results by using the timeline shown as a bar graph to point out the “when” of when you’d like to see results….a not-too-shabby idea, Google!
But….all that said, to what advantage can this be considered for a searcher? If you want to see an aggregated results page for our friend Paris, then I guess this would have value.
If you want to say search for “Hamilton plumbers” (give that a try, I just did!) and what you’ll see is 5 URL results, 2 pointing at Job boards, 2 pointing at a commentator on same and 1 — yes only 1 real Hamilton plumber who’s posted hiw Twitter page for us to click thru too. Course, the issue is that this PlumberBob is located in Kansas, and I got his resulting URL as his real name is Bob Hamilton — ie this is not LOCAL search targeted…as I meant to get Hamilton, Ontario plumbers…all pointing to further fine tuning that needs to be done, eh!
Bottom line? Google RealTime search is of value to those who need realtime search…on topics that are very very contemporary and now….but for business? Dont think so, lads and lasses….but you tell me what you think?Google