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The Inside Word: Why Real-Time Search Is Overrated

The Inside Word is a weekly feature that looks at industry debates and discussions unfolding on the blogs of employees at digital-media companies.

Poster: Daniel Tunkelang

Blog name: The Noisy Channel

Company/Title: Chief scientist of enterprise search firm Endeca

Backstory: Tunkelang was taken aback by the extensive coverage in the blogosphere of last week’s launch of two real-time search engines —Collecta and CrowdEye. CrowdEye promises a better way to search Twitter, while Collecta claims to have information in its results that is more up-to-the-second than those of its competitors.

Blog entry: “Yes, recency / freshness is certainly a concern in information seeking,” Tunkelang writes. “But it