Tuesday, September 15, 2009

How to get near Real-Time search results from Google

Real-Time search is the buzzword these days across the web community.Some of the companies that comes to my mind offering this is Twitter, Collecta and Friendfeed.

If you still do not know what is Real-Time search then check this definition.
Danny Sullivan from searchengineland says:
For me, "real time search" means looking through material that literally is published in real time. In other words, material where there’s practically no delay between composition and publishing. You take a picture and seconds later, it’s posted to the world to see.

Now you must be asking yourself where is google on this front?
Google introduced a feature called "Show Options" some time back using which you can filter the results.You can filter the results based on "recent results" ,"past 24 hours" ,"Past week" ,"Past year" and "Specific date range".If you want to filter the results in real-time ,meaning you want to see the search results for the last minute or second then you can tweak the search URL to get the desired result.

If you search for the term "google" inside google ,click on "Show options" and then click on Past 24 hours ,you will see the URL as given below.

Now look for the term qdr:d ."d" here means day and the result is filtered for past 24 hours.If you want to filter the results for last minute then alter the term to qdr:n in the URL.The URL will look as given below.

If you want to filter the results for last 5 minute then alter the term to qdr:n5 in the URL.
URL for last 5 minute: http://www.google.com/search?q=google&hl=en&output=search&tbs=qdr:n5&&tbo=1

If you want to filter the results for last 25 seconds then alter the term to qdr:s25 in the URL.
URL for last 25 seconds: http://www.google.com/search?q=google&hl=en&output=search&tbs=qdr:s25&&tbo=1

If you are looking for a bookmarklet to make your life easier then use this bookmarklet.Google Real Time

Credit for the bookmarklet:steverubel
Note:This bookmarklet is customized to filter the results for the last 10 minutes.

The trick was first discovered by Omgili CEO Ran Geva in a blog post.

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