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Live tweets and news are now showing up on Google, if our recent search for”Iranian Cyber Army” is any indication. Google appears to alternate between tweets and news in a box in the upper half of its search results.

Live tweets and news are now showing up on Google, if our recent search for “Iranian Cyber Army” is any indication. The tweets are the likely fruition of the October deal Twitter signed with Google and a response to Microsoft’s Bing becoming more of a “real-time” search engine. They also seem to show up only on newsy terms, as our searches for “Verizon” and even “rimm earnings,” didn’t generate any real-time results. Google appears to alternate between tweets and news in a box in the upper half of its search results, which is cool, but also a jarring reminder of how the real-time web speeds up the way we view the world. As Om put it, “Google just got noisier.”


  1. I don’t know if anyone else has figured this out but you can turn any search real time by clicking ‘Show Options’ and selecting results as Latest.

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  2. This is old(er) news. Google announced this on December 7th: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/relevance-meets-real-time-web.html

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  3. [...] Live Tweets and News Now Starring on Twitter (gigaom.com) [...]

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  4. [...] Live Tweets and News Now Starring on Google – GigaOM [...]

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  5. [...] Live Tweets and News Now Starring on Google – GigaOM [...]

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  6. You can also get the Twitter results working for any keyword by selecting “Show options” like kunal said and latest, but also by selecting “Updates”. I personally prefer updates because it just shows you Twitter results whereas selecting latest also shows blog posts and websites.

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  7. [...] Live Tweets and News Now Starring on Google – GigaOM [...]

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