Social Media by Leah


Response to Google’s Real Time Search
December 8, 2009, 12:02 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Today I read an article on Mashable about Google’s real-time search.

GoogleGoogle real-time search updates as stuff is happening around the Web — for example, live tweets, Yahoo Answers, news articles and Web pages now stream in on the actual result pages for your query. It works on mobile too (at leastiPhoneiPhone and AndroidAndroid for now).

As I have previously discussed, real-time collaboration is the newest, big deal trend. Google’s working on Wave, Twitter has more real-time features and Facebook has live feed, amongst others. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Google has introduced real-time search. As I am writing this, I have not seen any real-time results on my search page, and I am still trying to figure it out!

The company has signed deals with Twitter, Facebook and Myspace (although, I am not quite sure why they would sign a deal with Myspace when it is not doing very well). This is a good move on Google’s part, especially since Bing already has real-time search.

The question is…. is it too late? Will the fact that Bing has already had real-time search for quite some time push it forward? Or is Google so big and so well known that it does not matter that it released real-time search a little late?

Even one commenter here stated that he or she did not need Facebook statuses indexed in his search, which brings up a valid point. Is it even necessary to see these statuses? Will they be useful? I do admit that I get a lot of breaking news from Twitter. As soon as people tweet about it, it is a great way to know things quickly. However, if I am looking for serious research, it probably will not be necessary. BUT, on the other hand, as shown in the demo video, Tweets do come up and they are handy, especially when looking for traffic information.

Bottom line: I feel like since Google has so much of the market share, it is not too little too late for them. Also, will some of the statuses and social networking information be frivolous? Probably, but I could see it as being convenient as well.

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