Google Resurrects Realtime? No, Just More News Noise
Google News has announced a few changes:
- "Realtime" news
- Larger images on main page
- Integration of Google+ content
But no, this is not a new version of Google Realtime search that searched Twitter and other social networks and was killed when Google was unable to renegotiate access to the Twitter feed.
Instead, this new Google News Realtime only shows up a few times. See Barry's description of it in Google News Realtime Coverage & Google+ Push along with screenshots. He likes Realtime, but I have been a bit disappointed. It only shows up for some stories, not all. When it does, it scrolls a bit like the old Google Realtime search where no story links are pushed on the screen with no interaction from the user (although there is a pause button in the upper right corner if you want to pause it).
The Google+ push (or integration) showed up for me on only two of six Realtime displays. The image on this page shows where the pause button is, the scrolling realtime areas, and the complete lack of Google+ stories. Someone with far more people in circles than I have would likely see more. I like the idea of News Realtime, especially if it was available for more top stories and could integrate other social sites like Twitter, but for now, I doubt that any of these changes will show up very often for the news I read or the ways I get to it.