Google makes search more relevant
Google now includes real-time content such as breaking news and updates from blog posts
Google has revamped its search to finally offer real-time results from micro-blogging sites such as Twitter and FriendFeed, Jaiku and others.
The news comes months after Microsoft announced its own foray into real-time search by serving up Twitter messages through its new Bing search engine.
As part of the Google Search overhaul, live updates from people on popular sites such as Twitter and FriendFeed, as well as headlines from news and blog posts, will now also be included in the search results list.
"Our real-time search features are based on more than a dozen new search technologies that enable us to monitor more than a billion documents and process hundreds of millions of real-time changes each day. Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of our new partners that we're announcing today: Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, Jaiku and Identi.ca - along with Twitter, which we announced a few weeks ago," wrote Google Fellow Amit Singhal in a company blog post.
A full page of live tweets, blogs, news and other web content will be available on the ‘Latest results' tab from the search options menu, which can be further refined to only view updates from Twitter and other micro-blogs. The new features will be rolling out in the next few days and will be available globally in English.
As part of the real-time search launch, the company has added a new ‘hot topics' tab to Google Trends that will show the most common topics people are publishing to the web in real-time.
But that's not all; Google has also announced some major milestones in mobile search - new features based on the location of a user's mobile phone and the ambitious Google Goggles, a visual search application that lets you search for objects using images rather than words, using your camera phone.