Google links with Twitter, MySpace and Facebook for real-time search

09/12/2009

Google has unveiled its much anticipated real-time search service, the result of a series of partnership deals struck with leading social networks facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Amit Singhal, Google fellow, introduced the real-time section during an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. "We are here today to announce Google real-time search," Singhal said, describing it as: "Google relevance technology meets the real-time web".

Twitter messages and other fresh content streamed into a box on Google's main search page in a demonstration of the new feature, which will be rolled out at all English-language search sites in the coming days.

09/12/2009

"Users will get results on results page as they are being produced out there," Google fellow Amit Singhal said. "This is the first time ever that a search engine has integrated the real time Web into the results page."

Google is planning to incorporate real time search in other languages beginning early next year, according to Singhal.

Online social-networking rivals MySpace and Facebook will be providing feeds of all public updates.

"MySpace and Facebook users can decide what they want to see offered at Google," said Google vice president of search products and user experience Marissa Mayer.

Google is working on a standard software interface Facebook and MySpace can use to stream updates to the Internet search titan in real time.

Twitter feeds were in Google real-time results on Monday, but Facebook and MySpace updates will not be integrated until possibly as late as February of next year, according to Mayer.

MySpace will let all users permit online comments, pictures, video or other content created in profiles to be displayed in Google's real time results, according to MySpace chief product officer Jason Hirschhorn.

Google will only display updates from Facebook Public pages, "fan pages" used by celebrities, athletes and other high-profile people interested in firing off text messages to large numbers of followers.

No financial details, if any, were revealed by the Internet firms.

Google is also incorporating location into search, tailoring results to offerings and interests where people are when they access the Internet either on mobile or desktop computing devices.

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