Is Real Time Search A Real Good Idea?

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Recently Twitter has inspired a lot of talk about “real time search,” about whether this type of searching is the future, and about whether it is a threat to Google, or an attractive acquisition target for Google. It could be all of those things but it’s also going to be a spam magnet that will have to be dealt with eventually.

No evidence of that just yet. A calculated bet only.

But consider this Greasemonkey script add-on for Firefox, developed by Mark over at MT-Hacks.com, which drops real time Twitter search results into Google’s search results. The script displays the most recent five tweets about a search query on Google.

Well, that’s extraordinarily cool, and does seem very useful for monitoring breaking news—at least what’s breaking on one specific platform—the attraction of that type of service to spammers, hackers, scammers, and other cybercrooks will be tremendous.

If this were incorporated outside of script add-ons and into Google’s universal results, you could bet it’d be minutes before black-hatters begin furiously tweeting about anything and everything with cloaked/shortened URLs promising all kinds of malware fun at the end of them.

Incorporating real time search results in general seems like a disaster waiting to happen in terms of gaming the system. Maybe that’s an angle that should be given some serious consideration.

Via Matt McGee.

Is Real Time Search A Real Good Idea?
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  • http://dating.co.uk Jonas Cronfeld

    It’ll be scammers paradise! :-(

  • http://www.technospot.net/blogs/about-manav-mishra/ Manav

    I am using this Greasemonkey add-on for real time search integration in Google, and was happy using it, but you definitely have a point there, somehow, i never analyzed this, Thanks for making us realize this.
    Kudos!! Great Post.

  • http://focusapartments.com.au/ Surfers paradise

    All right i think you want to converse about very interesting topics here through this post. I think you are right twitter is may also be a great spam magnet . But you know very well to get something you have to loose something. Thanks

  • http://asmarketing.wordpress.com Top Keyword Search

    Real Time search is a great idea. Combining with historical search can be an invaluable source of knowledge to use for marketing and research.

  • http://www.palazzocolonnades.com.au Surfers Paradise Accommodation

    True, Twitter does cover a lot of spam. More often than not, I believe the “breaking news” might just be BS.

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