Google adds three new features to Realtime search

googleIn 2009, we firstly reported that Google finalized an agreement with Twitter to allow the search giant to index tweets to display them in search results as part of a push to make search results more timely and relevant.

The deal was worth about $15-million, and at the same time, Twitter made a similar deal with Microsoft’s Bing search engine at a reported cost of $10-million.

Today, Google made the “most significant” enhancements to its Google Realtime search, adding a few new features.

Google added a new tool to filter search results based on geographic location, allowing users to see results such as tweets only from specified regions.

The company also added a new conversation view, which chronologically arranges tweets (and @replies with re-tweets) with threading to provide a full conversation view around real-time.

The third feature Google added today to its Realtime search is Google Alerts, which essentially, very simply, allows you to monitor specified topics to get insights from various web sources and social networks, including Twitter, FriendFeed, and Yahoo! Buzz, among other websites.

Google Realtime also displays graphs that show the time on the horizontal access and volume on the Y-axis to show when keywords and topics you have searched for were most popular by volume of activity.

Additionally, searching for news topics will also yield top links on the sidebar of the site from trusted news publications, or, from popular pages from around the web.


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