Google Real-Time Search in Action – Search Results Fast

I decided to do a little test to see just how well Google Real-Time search might work. It turns out it works pretty well for a blog post. Here’s what I did, I made a blog post about snow on I-90 in Coeur d’Alene. As soon as it was posted, I did a Google search for the terms “I-90 Snow at Coeur d’Alene”, switched the results options from “Any time” (default setting) to “Latest.” If you want specific instructions on how to use Google Real-Time search, read here. Surprise! Here’s what Google Real-Time search results served up:

Implications? Well, imagine you’re traveling through Coeur d’Alene this morning and you’d like to know what the weather is like on the I-90. If you used Google Real-Time search function, you’d have my weather report or anyone else who bothered to get out in the snow to take a picture of it.

It seems as if Google’s new real time search feature might put the right information in the hands of someone searching on topics that are time specific. It could also be that most of the search results will be irrelevant or spam.

For bloggers, or anyone regularly updating content, it’s an opportunity to bring time/date specific information to readers requiring such information. I just thought it was pretty cool that my blog post was available as a google search result within one minute of posting. I’m sure there will be much debate in the internet community regarding the relevancy of such searching.

How do you feel about Google real-time search?

How to Use the Google Real-Time Search Feature

Google surprised the world recently when it announced a new search feature it calls Google real-time search. This new search feature includes search results from blogs, and social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook and Myspace public pages in real time. Now, Google results on search terms are available from many different sources as they are being published.

1 Open your favorite web browser and go to Type the search terms you’re seeking and press the Google search button as you’ve done for ordinary Google searches. You’ll be given the Google search results as you’ve always received them. The new Google Real-Time search feature is not the default setting.

2 On the Google search results page, notice the white and blue plus sign button in the top left with the words “Options” next to it. Press the plus sign button and you’ll be given several blue links on the left of your search results.

3 Click on the link entitled “Latest” and you’ll see the Google Real-Time search results above the regular search results. As you watch the page, particularly on popular search terms, new search results will appear as they’re published. Congratulations, you’ve just learned how to use Google’s new Real-Time search feature!


things you’ll need:

  • A computer with an internet connection.

Tips & Warnings:

  • You can see your own tweets in Google Real-Time search results if you Google search the keywords used in your tweet.