Monday, February 8, 2010

Pro tip: Google real-time search

Here's a quick little tip that you may not have known about. Google has a real-time search feature that lets you watch what people are saying on a given topic live. It is an excellent resource, especially for live events. During large sporting events, award shows, international news, etc., it can often be very helpful to read what the world is saying in real-time. Real-time results will sometimes show up in a standard search, but you can also do a specific search for only real-time results. Here's how to use it:

Do a standard Google search for whatever term you're looking for (this even works with Twitter hashtags).

When the results appear, click Show Options...

In the options that appear on the left side, click Updates.

You are now viewing a live, real-time search feed showing results from whatever you searched for. This results page will auto update live, no refresh needed. Here are some example searches to check out (Super Bowl, Snow, Olympics)It's really cool and I highly recommend taking advantage of it. It's actually a lot of fun to read what the world is saying about an event or show. Some upcoming events that real-time search will be useful for are the winter Olympics and the Academy Awards. Definitely check it out if you have time. :-)