Googley Real Time Search

September 14, 2009

Manipulating Google urls is a bit of an exotic hobby, probably less popular than polo in Harrod’s Creek, Kentucky. I wanted to pass along a tip that appeared in the Google Operating System Web log, “Even More Recent Google Search Results.” The GOS blog points to Ran Geva as the person who discovered a way to get Google to display the mosst recent index updates for a query. The syntax is, according to GOS:

The date restriction feature is quite flexible, but you need to know the syntax used by Google’s URLs: tbs=qdr:[name][value] where [name] can be one of these values: s (second), n (minute), h (hour), d (day), w (week), m (month), y (year), while [value] is a number.

Here is an example for the query “obama”:

To make Google real time search user friendly, just create a short cut to a known good query and then substitute your own search string after the q=. If you have a good memory, use the string tbs=qdr:[name][value]. The name value pair allows you to control the time interval.

If you prefer point-and-click real time search, keep specialists such as Collecta, ITpints, Scoopler, or one of the user friendly services in mind.

Stephen Arnold, September 14, 2009


One Response to “Googley Real Time Search”

  1. Sency on October 9th, 2009 7:57 pm

    there have been plenty of startups that have attacked this space. In addition of the ones you mentioned – recently launched offering a few unique angles to the space….

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