When news of Michael Jackson’s death hit the general public, Google had a moment of panic. So many people had used Google to search the term “Michael Jackson” that Google initially thought it was an automated attack. For a short period of time, people saw an error page and got shut out because Google was not prepared for this real-time search.
Real-time search engines are for a completely different purpose than traditional search engines like Google and Bing. Real-time SEs are utilized to follow the latest news and trends occurring right now – for example, want to know what’s the most popular dish people are craving this month, this week, today? Google and others are still very good for searching information on everything else. Traditional SE results tend not to change much from day to day, while real-time search results change every minute. The following are a couple of real-time search engines worth checking out.
Real-time Search Engines:
SCOOPLER (www.scoopler.com) is a fairly user-friendly interface that features two results columns. The left column indicates the most popular up-to-date news about the subject, and the right column shows real-time results from numerous social media sources such as Twitter, Digg, Flickr, Delicious, etc.
ONERIOT (www.oneriot.com) offers the option to search via either the web or videos. It categorizes results content by applying 26 different criteria to Twitter, Digg, and Delicious posts.
ALMOST.AT (http://almost.at/) has a very slick and futuristic looking interface that’s similar to a certain smart phone, but it presents only a limited number of topics, rendering it almost useless unless you are interested in the specific topics offered at the time.
DAILYRT (www.dailyrt.com) sorts according to popularity of subjects in tweets from Twitter users. It has filters for searching, such as Follower limit and dates. Sorting according to tweets can be especially useful for marketers and companies that want to utilize and monitor trends via Twitter. Note: while testing this SE, I did experience outage.
TOPSY (http://topsy.com) has a simplistic, easy-to-read design, and like DailyRT, Topsy also brings up results based on tweets.