Google launches real-time search site

Google has launched a search engine dedicated to delivering real-time search results from social networking sites and other live feeds.

Google Realtime began life as a feature integrated into the search giant's standard search results. Yesterday, the company announced it was launching a dedicated web page offering real-time results based on live content such as status updates, job adverts, what's on listings and other publicly accessible content from social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

The new service allows users to home in on relevant information by filtering results geographically.

Users can receive notification via Google Alerts whenever their chosen search terms appear in updates and other live content. A conversation view enables users to follow discussions on their chosen subject in real time.

Introducing the new feature in a blog post, Google Realtime product manager Dylan Casey wrote: "If you're travelling to Los Angeles this summer, you can check out tweets from Angelenos to get ideas for activities happening right where you are."

Google Realtime is rolling out around the world. A trial version of the site is available here.