Google updates the Google Buzz API and follows up on its real-time search efforts by giving Google Realtime Search its own address.
has delivered on its promise to provide real-time search by giving Google
Realtime Search its own address.
search giant initially
delivered real-time search features to users in December 2009.
then, "Our goal was to provide real-time content from a comprehensive set
of sources, integrated right into your usual search results," Dylan Casey,
product manager for Google Realtime Search, posted Aug. 26 on
the Official Google Blog. "Today we're making our most significant
enhancements to date, giving real-time information its own home and more
powerful tools to help you find what you need. Now you can access Google
Realtime Search at its own address, www.google.com/realtime (the page is
rolling out now and should be available soon. Use this
link if you want to try out the new features right away)."
continued, "In addition, we've added a conversations view, making it easy
to follow a discussion on the real-time Web. Often a single tweet sparks a
larger conversation of re-tweets and other replies, but to put it together you
have to click through a bunch of links and figure it out yourself. With the new
'full conversation' feature, you can browse the entire conversation in a single
glance. We organize the tweets from oldest to newest and indent so you quickly
see how the conversation developed."
Casey said, Google has provided other new "tools to help you refine and
understand your results," including geographic tools so users can "find
updates and news near you, or in a region you specify."
he said, Google has "added updates content to Google Alerts, making it
easy to stay informed about a topic of your choosing. Now you can create an
alert specifically for 'updates' to get an e-mail the moment your topic appears
on Twitter or other short-form services. Or, if you want to manage your e-mail
volume, you can set alerts to e-mail you once per day or week."
continued, "Realtime Search and updates in Google Alerts are available
globally in 40 languages, and the geographic refinements and conversations
views are available in English, Japanese, Russian and Spanish."
of Alerts, Google has made some changes to Google Buzz API,
including the addition of a new Track feature.
an Aug. 26 post on the
Google Code Blog, Ivaylo Popov of the Google Buzz team said:
say you're really interested in coffee and tea and would like to know every
time someone talks about them. You've been able to do that for the web with Google Alerts. Now you will be able to
do the same thing for Google Buzz with our latest feature: Track. Plus, you can
restrict your search to a specific
geographic area! This API will allow you
to enter a search query and from then on receive any new public Google Buzz
posts-in real time-that match that query. It uses PubSubHubbub, which is the
same open standard used by our fire
describes Google Buzz as "a social networking and messaging tool from
Google that is integrated into the company's Gmail Web-based e-mail program,
Gmail. Users can share links, photos, videos, status messages and comments
organized in 'conversations' and visible in the user's inbox."
to Popov, "To start receiving updates, you only need to send a query to
the track endpoint, subscribe to the returned link, and then start receiving updates.
If you'd like to take it for a quick spin, simply subscribe to a track endpoint
via Google Reader (which happens to support PubSubHubbub)."
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.