Google’s Realtime search facility that was rolled out last December into the the sidebar, (under ‘updates’) has now been launched and is rolling out to google.com/realtime as well.
Deals with Twitter, Facebook and MySpace has meant that when you search for a particular topic on Google you can received real-time updates from social network sites as well as the usual list of search results.
The new Realtime Search provides status updates and now allows geographic filtering of status updates. That Twitter still doesn’t do so well.
For example if you set your filters to only show Twitter posts for your surrounding area Google will now alter you of events near by.
You can also setup alerts if you want updates delivered to you, without pro-actively searching for them. Google now allows you receive updates via Google Alerts, (either 10 or 50 results can be sent once per day, once per week or as they happen) by selecting “Updates” from the “Type” drop-down menu.