Google Launches Real Time Search Results

So finally, we've got Google Real Time search, as the company has announced. Below, I'm doing a quick hit on what's it is, how to use it and how it compares to that last Google real time search thing you may recall hearing about. How do you get it? It's rolling out over the next few days, and when you have it, you'll see it just happening withing your search results. But if you can't see it, try clicking on this link which may force it to appear for you. For example, below is a search for health care on Google where about midway down on the page, there's a "Latest results" section that a [...]

Yahoo Confirms Real-Time Search Test

Yahoo has confirmed the recent rumors that it will test a real-time search feature in its search results. According to the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo will run a test "in the coming days" with OneRiot, a real-time search engine that focuses on links and content from Twitter and other social media sources. PaidContent reports that Yahoo will also be running real-time search tests with other players, too. (See Danny Sullivan's What Is Real Time Search? Definitions & Players for more background on possible partners.) Yahoo will conduct its real-time search testing on a limited set of qu [...]

How Will Twitter Integration Into Google, Bing Affect The Tweecosystem?

AllThingsD reported yesterday that Twitter was in independent discussions (which have happened before) with both Google and Microsoft "in which the companies would license a full feed from the microblogging service that could then be integrated into the results of their competing search engines." Reuters also picked up the story. Bing and Google have both indicated that "real-time search" is on the agenda and this would quickly accelarate those efforts. Bing previously added "Twitter Smart Answers." There are also third party tools to add Twitter results to both Google and Bing. And as you [...]

CrowdEye Twitter Search Upgrades With Google-Like Features

CrowdEye, one of the new Twitter-based real-time search engines that has launched this year, has just upgraded its service with several new features that will remind you of ... Google? It's true. The service now includes a PageRank-like measurement system, a customizable home page (sorta like iGoogle), and the ability to perform site: searches like you would on Google. Here's a look at the new features announced today: Personalized Home Page CrowdEye users can now customize their home page with content about their favorite sites. I could, for example, set up my home page to show tweets a [...]

Idearc Brings True Local Search To Twitter

A version of local search has existed on Twitter for some time: asking your followers for local recommendations about places to stay, things to do and so on. One can also use Twitter search itself, though it's very hit and miss in terms of the quality of results. And there are also the third party search engines that use the Twitter API. Yet those typically produce the same uneven results. But in what is a first (to my knowledge) Idearc's Superpages has brought true local search to Twitter through Twitter users can now conduct searches of the Superpages database and get r [...]

Surchur: Beyond Real-Time Search To Real-Time Discovery

Surchur has been around for more than a year, but its recent facelift aims to take real-time search toward a new idea: real-time discovery. It may sound like splitting hairs to some, but the point is valid: Real-time search isn't of much value if you don't know what to type into the search box. This is why Twitter's new home page has links to a couple dozen trending topics. It's why the new home page has a tab showing the hottest bookmarks. It's why Collecta shows what's "hot now" on its home page, and why OneRiot does, too. But Surchur is going a lot further with its new h [...]

Collecta Adds Social Sharing, Other Features

Collecta, the real-time search engine that launched in June, has announced a set of upgrades to its site today. The most noteworthy is the addition of a social sharing/bookmarking tool that lets users share or save a Collecta search on any of six social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and StumbleUpon. Collecta has also modified its search results display so that the user avatar or web site logo appears next to the search result. You can see that in the middle column above. One other new feature is a message box on the search page that allows Collecta to communicate direc [...]

Twitter Gets More Serious About Search

We recently saw Twitter change the look of its public homepage to make it look more like a search engine. And last week we found out that Twitter's new search guru is Doug Cook, who was formerly of Yahoo and inktomi. Cook also built a wine search engine called Able Grape as a kind of labor of love. Twitter is now effectively competing in search with not only the major players but all the third parties that are using the site's API as the backbone of their own engines. [...]

Done Deal: Facebook Buys FriendFeed

Previously rejected by Twitter, Facebook has bought FriendFeed, instead. The official release is on Facebook, and FriendFeed's Bret Taylor has posted about it on the FriendFeed blog. Though Facebook has long been competing with MySpace for social networking supremacy, it's been eclipsed in some ways by the immediacy of Twitter and, to a lesser degree, FriendFeed. While Facebook has become more Twitter-like recently, it's still a different animal altogether. In buying FriendFeed, Facebook gets a very similar set of tools as if it had bought Twitter (some would say a better set of tools). [...]

Collecta Upgrades Video, Image Results

Collecta has announced improvements to its handling of images and video in real-time search results. The company says it's now including video feeds from 12seconds, Qik, and uStream -- three popular video sharing services. On the image side, Collecta says it has "enhanced" how it handles photos posted to TwitPic and yFrog, two of the more popular photo sharing services for Twitter. As part of today's announcement, CEO Gerry Campbell also shared some early traffic patterns since the site launched in mid-June: "We're finding that a large number of users are keeping Collecta open between 30 [...]

Five More Search Tools You May Not Know … But Should

Have you ever needed to see the search results for another city -- maybe because you want to see what PPC ads are shown somewhere else? Have you ever needed to see search results from a different country, or in a different language? Maybe you're into real time search, and you'd love a place to find the latest photos and videos being shared on Twitter. Or perhaps you're planning a vacation abroad, but you're not sure when is the best time to visit Europe. It's time again for another roundup of the latest and greatest search tools and search engines, and in this article, I'll share five such [...]

Bing & Twitter Mesh With BingTweets

Microsoft announced a new portal that combines Bing search and Twitter. The new site is named BingTweets and it basically brings together classic web search from Bing, with real-time search elements from Twitter. This service was built by both Microsoft, Twitter and Federated Media. It does not seem like Twitter is doing anything more than just providing access to their public API to Microsoft and Federated Media. By just visiting BingTweets, the results will dynamically show a popular search query, but you can override that query with whatever you like. The topics on the home page in the [...]

Video Of Danny Sullivan, Matt Cutts & Others On Real Time Search

As a follow up to Danny's What Is Real Time Search? Definitions & Players, I wanted to share a video of a panel Danny, Matt Cutts and others spoke on at CrunchUp event that took place a few days ago. Here is the panel, including Gerry Campbell of Collecta, Matt Cutts of Google, Kimbal Musk of OneRiot, Vipul Ved Prakash of Topsy, Edo Segal an Investor and founder Relegance, Sean Stutcher of Microsoft, Erick Schonfeld of TechCrunch (moderator) and our very own Danny Sullivan: [...]

What Is Real Time Search? Definitions & Players

There seems to be no end to companies saying they offer real time search these days. And no end to people quoting how Google itself says it wants to improve in the area. But what does real time search really mean? This article offers some definitions and focuses on players in the space. Real Time By Any Other Name Would Smell As Tweet For me, "real time search" means looking through material that literally is published in real time. In other words, material where there's practically no delay between composition and publishing. You take a picture and seconds later, it's posted to the [...]

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