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Google gets real(time)

And here is yet another new Google trick! Earlier this week, Google introduced its real-time search.

Searchers will be able to view their social network searches, along with their traditional search results, with the real-time search appearing as a streamed, dynamic scrolling box.  The box may be paused and resumed.

The Google Blog explains:

Our real-time search enables you to discover breaking news the moment it’s happening, even if it’s not the popular news of the day, and even if you didn’t know about it beforehand.  . .

Click on "Latest results" or select "Latest" from the search options menu to view a full page of live tweets, blogs, news and other web content scrolling right on Google. You can also filter your results to see only "Updates" from micro-blogs like Twitter, FriendFeed, Jaiku and others. Latest results and the new search options are also designed for iPhone and Android devices when you need them on the go, be it a quick glance at changing information like ski conditions or opening night chatter about a new movie — right when you’re in line to buy tickets.

Currently the feature is rolling out in English.  You can preview it by visiting Google Trends and clicking on a hot topic.

Secret tip: You can also get a forced advanced peek at the real-time results scroll by putting a hashtag (#) in front of your search query.

Ooops update:  None of this seems to be working for me today.  Try it out tomorrow? I’ll keep you posted!

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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