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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

What is Real-Time Search?

Real-Time Search is not the entire world wide web searched in real time - not currently possible. Real-Time search should probably be called "Somewhat Real-Time Buzz" - not as catchy. As you read below, you might just want to call it what it really is in its current state: Twitter.

Google allows you to click away from their traditional search results (their PageRank algorithm of the indexed web) to choose the "Latest" search results: Twitter results (mostly), recent blog posts on the topic and the most recent news results. Google updates the results page as new items come in (mostly tweets on the topic you searched).

Bing offers a Twitter search with a tag cloud showing Twitter's top keywords, with sample tweets on the "hot topics" - you can search to see what the most recent tweets are for your keyword.

This article from CIO.com takes a look at five alternatives to Google and Bing for real-time search. They are:
1. Collecta: "what's hot right now" – a list of topics with related articles, tweets, blog posts, photos and comments about popular searches. They provide options to limit your results to just "blog posts and articles" for example.

2. Leapfish: allows you to search via "real-time" or traditional search. Results include top news, the topic's Wikipedia page, web results, video, images, Twitter results, blogs, top posts from Digg and a shopping section by that topic.

3. OneRiot: they have search results two ways, "Realtime" (attempts to bring you the most recent news and blog posts) and "Pulse" (the most socially-valued content by how often an items has been shared).

4. Scoopler: divides their results by "popular shares" and "live posts" to distinguish between videos, images and links vs. Twitter, Delicious and Digg respectively.

5. Thoora: identifies what's attracting the most buzz by indexing the blogosphere. Their results are broken into three parts: top related blogs, stats that show the popularity timeline of your topic, and relevant tweets.
So it's not "real-time traditional search" but Google and Bing's versions of real-time search and the five sites listed above do provide value by allowing you customized search options.

If you want the latest news, blog posts and buzz (tweets) about Iran for example, each of these sites can take you away from pages and pages of traditional search results that might have been indexed years ago to give you just the most recent items. I like having that option.

In the end, if you prefer "real-time search" you are just trading years of data that has been quantified to return the most relevant search results from a "group think" standpoint (traditional), to simply what are the most recent results on a certain topic (real-time) no matter the relevance.

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2 Comments:

At February 9, 2010 at 8:42 PM , Blogger tiptop said...

This is a good post. Perhaps you should take a look at TipTop http://FeelTipTop.com as well. It might change your opinion about what (real-time) search means.

 
At February 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM , Blogger Robert Beal said...

Thanks tiptop, I will check it out.

 

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