Had you heard of the Google “Real Time” Search?
Real-time search shows you the latest breaking news the moment it’s happening from social media postings.
“First, we’re introducing new features that bring your search results to life with a dynamic stream of real-time content from across the web. Now, immediately after conducting a search, you can see live updates from people on popular sites like Twitter and FriendFeed, as well as headlines from news and blog posts published just seconds before. When they are relevant, we’ll rank these latest results to show the freshest information right on the search results page.
Try searching for your favorite TV show, sporting event or the latest development on a recent government bill. Whether it’s an eyewitness tweet, a breaking news story or a fresh blog post, you can find it on Google right after it’s published on the web.”
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If you were sharp, you would had noticed this “latest news” feature in the recent World Cup 2010, especially when a goal was scored.
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Google’s April Fools’ prank: We’re now Topeka
By Aaron Smith, CNNMoney.com staff writerApril 1, 2010: 11:22 AM ET
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — In the rich tradition of April Fool’s Day pranks, Google has renamed itself after Topeka, Kan., accompanied by an absurd explanation from the company’s chief.
On Thursday morning, the company’s home page was titled “Topeka” instead of “Google,” although still in its distinctive blue-red-yellow-green font.
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How Google, er, Topeka’s home page looked Thursday morning.
Why? Because in March, Topeka Mayor Bill Bunten announced that he was informally changing the name of his town to “Google,” just for one month. He told CNN that he was doing it for “fun.” This is Google’s tit-for-tat explanation, according to its official blog, posted by CEO Eric Schmidt.
“Whatever the outcome, the conclusion is clear: we aren’t in Google anymore,” blogs Schmidt.
April Fool’s Day carries a long tradition for pranks and punks, which affect every aspect of life, from the school yard to the board room. Since the advent of the Internet, companies and individuals have gotten inundated with funky e-mails making wild claims, on this day in particular.
Google has made a name for itself as one of the more proactive pranksters in the business world. Every year on April 1, the company tries to punk its followers with a new prank.
The naughtiness stems back to 2000, when Google claimed that its “MentalPlex” could read your mind through your computer screen, allowing users to conduct searches on sheer brain power.
“With MentalPlex, you just project a mental picture of what you want to find,” explained Google, in its 2000 posting, accompanied by a hypnotic spiral.
Last year, Google claimed its site was featuring the world’s first 3D browser, but this was just another case of April Fool’s bunk.
The strange tradition of April Fools’ mass media pranks goes back to 1957, when the BBC broadcast a weird and untrue television segment about Swiss farmers harvesting spaghetti from trees.
Naturally, many of the viewers mistakenly thought the BBC story was real.