I think Google’s introduction of real time search results is interesting and potentially a step forward in the web search experience. If, for example, I want to search for the latest development in Tiger Woods’ utter and complete implosion, it would be fun to sit back and watch the stories- and new alleged mistresses- float by. In an ideal world, a real time Google search would be like an instantaneous Google Alert, notifying me close to immediately if an article or blog post is published on a topic I am interested in.
What I totally and completely do not get is why whenever people talk about real time, the next word you hear is Twitter. . .
First of all, the large majority of substantive Twitter posts are links to other content. That has been posted somewhere else. Already. So by definition and math, much of what is posted on Twitter is not only not real time. It’s after the fact. Wouldn’t it be better to talk about real time results from the actual source of the content?
Secondly, does anyone without skin in the game really- I mean really– think Twitter is all that informative? To index and serve search results of Twitter posts, in real time or otherwise, is like recording elevator conversations and calling them feature films. I search Twitter from time to time to see who’s talking about topics that interest me (alt. country music, my hometown, etc.). 80% of the results are spam, 15% are other nonsense, 4.9% are things I’ve already seen and .1% are things that might interest me. That’s a really bad success ratio, particularly compared to a regular old Google search that generally gives me relevant results. Or used to.
In sum, there is almost nothing that originates on Twitter that I’d want to see in my search results, real time or otherwise.
Seriously, who decided this was a good thing? I feel like everyone talking about this dropped acid while I was chugging Red Bull.