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The news about Google’s real-time search has been out for a little while now, but many people are still wondering how this is affected by real-life situations.  Well – Matt Cutts was gracious enough to show by example.  He displays exactly how Google tracked a recent mild earthquake and how long it took to show results on Google.

It’s good to see that their real-time search update actually functions as intended, and I can see the potential for it to help in a variety of ways.  Being the top search engine and a huge point where people check on things every day, getting your breaking news from Google (for info relevant to what you’re looking for) may get info to some people (who don’t check the news so often) faster.  Whether or not Google should take this role is not something that’s universally agreed upon, but there are visible benefits.

Just a quick update for the news on Google’s real-time search results.  They released a video to show exactly how it works.  And it looks pretty good!  Like it won’t interfere too much with other results, but will give people updated information on what they want.

Here’s the video:

Google is in the process of launching their latest search engine update/upgrade.  With it comes a real-time update capability.  You will actually see relevant information feeding into your search results as you watch.

This is expected to roll out over the next few days, so keep an eye out for differences in the Google results.  If you want to see all the information about this update, check out the article Danny Sullivan wrote about it on Search Engine Land.