Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is giving its real-time search service — which aggregate updates from sites like Facebook and Twitter — a refresh. The company says that real-time results, which have been integrated among standard web results since December, will now also be accessible from their own site. In making that change, Google is taking a cue from Microsoft’s Bing, which has a separate site for its own so-called “social” search results.
On the new Google site, which you can visit here, users can refine their searches to see what people are posting from a specific location and also track how conversations on a social site are unrolling.
The results are Twitter-heavy — and playing around with them is a reminder that, despite some recent improvements, Twitter’s own search engine is sorely lacking in features. That makes Google’s service actually valuable instead of simply a copy of what can already be found elsewhere.