Join us at TNW Conference 2021 for insights into the future of tech →

The heart of tech

This article was published on December 7, 2009


How to try Google Real-time Search right now

How to try Google Real-time Search right now
Martin Bryant
Story by

Martin Bryant

Founder

Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

So, Google has finally bitten the bullet and launched Real-time Search. While it won’t yet show up by default when you search, you can trigger it easily. Here’s how…

Simply search for something and then add the following text to the end of the URL: “&esrch=RTSearch”

The trick doesn’t work for every query, but for searches where there are a lot of results you’ll find a small, frequently updating box somewhere among the first search results.

realtime

In practice the new box works well, spitting out new content (including, notably, Twitter updates) every couple of seconds. It could do with being a bit larger though – the box can be difficult to spot, especially as its placing on the results page varies.

[via Mariofr and PhilipHotchkiss]