Saturday, April 30, 2011

What's trending? Check out Google's Realtime.

April 29, 2011 was a historic day. It was "The Royal Wedding" day of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton. A Google search today reveals "about 61 million" possible results:

Talk about information overload!! If you were to click one weblink every second, it would take over 700 days (non-stop) to get to every site (61 000 000 seconds = 706.018519 days).

There has been lots of media coverage of the event, and just about everyone is talking about it, both online and in person. If you want to pay attention to the online comments, just click the "Realtime" link on the left of the search results page to view a continuous "live" stream of Twitter comments (Google has recently added Facebook comments to the feed). You can "Pause" the stream, or use the Timeline to roll back and view older comments.

Here's more information about how Google's Realtime works:

Think about projecting a Realtime live feed of current events as students arrive to class each day.