Google builds real-time search into Google+

With the feature, people can watch as as posts on a particular subject arrive on Google's social network. Also new: hashtag support to let people label their posts.

Google+ icon

Google has built real-time search results into Google+, giving people the ability to watch a live feed of Google+ activity about a given subject.

In addition, the company wired real-time search up to the idea of hashtags, popularized on Twitter by the company's own Chris Messina as a way to flag particular themes. He called for Google+ hashtag support in July, and now when people add the hash symbol in front of a term--"#ios5," for example--it links to search results for that term.

The new features are gradually being enabled for Google+ users now, said Vic Gundotra, the Google senior vice president in charge of Google+, in a Google+ post today.

Real-time search works as an extra step after a regular Google+ search performed with the "search Google+" box in the service's upper-right corner. After you search for a term, you'll see results, but if new results arrive, a "most recent" link will appear. Clicking that link will add a stream of new Google+ posts matching the search term.

Though search is of course Google's core business, Google+ launched without it. Google added search abilities to Google+ in September, when it opened the social-network service up to the public.

Here's Gundotra's video explaining the features via a YouTube video:

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

HOT ON CNET

Want affordable gadgets for your student?

Everyday finds that will make students' lives easier: chargers, cables, headphones, and even a bona fide gadget or two!