Sifting the Real-Time Web

Baden, 17.06.2009 7 Kommentare

Was passiert genau jetzt?Wir freuen uns über neue Unterstüzung im Blog von Baden Coleman. Als US Muttersprachler wird er für uns auf englisch schreiben. Gerne gebt uns auch dazu Euer feedback. Here we go…

Newspapers report yesterday’s news.  Search sites index news as fresh as 10 minutes old–once it has been published.  But where can you turn to for überfresh news?

Twitter and Facebook users have helped give news a heartbeat, pumping out information at 140 characters per post.  Twitter is the current leader in real-time information, as shown by the coverage following the 2009 elections in Iran.  Facebook announced yesterday they have started to test a new version of Facebook Search with „just a fraction of a percent of the people on Facebook“.  Google is also rumored to be close to launching a „MicroBlogsearchservice that indexes and ranks „blogs with very short entries“.

Searching in real time is just the beginning of the Real-Time Web, that promises to be a near constant stream of relevant news on any given topic.  With so many topics, each more specific than the one before, advanced methods of filtering and displaying information will be desperately needed.  Until then, here is a quick round-up of current options for real-time search:

Am Puls des Web - real time

Twitter Search
Twitter’s own real-time search.

Crawls and indexes links on social sharing sites like Twitter and Digg and other social sharing services.

View, filter and search cross-network social activity.

Collection of current popular links on twitter.

Real-time Twitter trends and search.

Twitter Search Results on Google
Greasemonkey Script for Firefox adds real-time Twitter search results to Google results page.

One thing if for sure, the Real-Time web is coming.  Will it be a case of 5 billion channels with nothing on?  Or is a Real-Time pulse of the web simply too much information?

Comments in german are welcome – of course!  🙂


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  1. dirk | 17.06.2009 20:44

    @Robert: You´re absolutely right. It is here, only we have not yet developed the right tools to scan and do fast backwards, stop, forward, scan, stop… to navigate throug the amazing stream of information firing at us. The information flows in real time, but we -just like in physics- need the freeze frame view to recognize and analyze. So it will be a great and fun challenge to work on the tools for scaning the stream and extracting what I want to know about.

  2. Brian | 17.06.2009 17:36

    Almost to much, to fast! And now, I am about to click a button that says abschicken……wish me luck!

  3. Baden | 17.06.2009 15:24

    As a fellow Google Chrome user I am happy to say there IS a way. Thanks to Japanese developer Kazuho Oku and his GreaseMetal, it is possible to run GreaseMonkey scripts–sort of. It does require a bit of script hacking, but nothing too scary. Just follow these instructions.

  4. Sam Steiner | 17.06.2009 15:10

    Since I’m using Google Chrome I suppose I can’t use all those cool Greasemonkey scripts?

    [OFFTOPIC:]Got demoed some cool Greasemonkey scripts on Monday – for instance the „kill facebook quizzes“ script would be nice…[/OFFTOPIC]

  5. Robert | 17.06.2009 13:30

    The Real-Time Web is not only coming: It’s already here. We just haven’t organised ourselves to cope with it completely yet and it’s really only early days.

    Twitter has become a major news broadcaster, with news from normal people at the scene. This, and other streams of real-time information, could cause a lot of people to feel overwhelmed, it’s true. The important thing is organisation, filtering and priority-setting. These are the issues that tools will help us to solve.

    I’ve picked up on the link for the Greasemonkey Script for Firefox and now have it installed – thanks!


  6. Dirk Worring-Ramstoeck | 17.06.2009 12:58

    Ich finde das Thema zwar spannend, frage mich aber auch, ob wir nicht noch mehr im Newsstrom ersaufen. „real“ real-time bedeutet in Zukunft ja noch, dass man keinen „Schnappschuss“ der aktuellen Informationen hat, zum Zeitpunkt der Anfrage, sondern dass der Datenstrom wirklich in Echtzeit angezeigt wird zu meiner Suche. Und bei der Menge macht meine kopfinterne Festplatte sicher schnell schlapp.Vielleicht gibts bis dahin neurologische Speichererweiterung und Prozessoraufrüstung??

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