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Google has taken its real-time search offering to the next step, adding many new features and launching a dedicated site for the service. The company added real-time features to its main engine last year, but starting today, users can swing by Google.com/realtime to track up-to-the-minute information that pours out of places like Twitter and Facebook. Google notes that the page is still rolling out and you can use this link if the aforementioned URL doesn't work yet.
There are several new features to help you refine your search and results are automatically updated when new data is available. A geographic filter lets you pull up results from a specific city, state or country. The conversations view aggregates retweets and other replies so you don't have to click through a bunch of links to find them yourself. Meanwhile, Google Alerts will email you when information with certain keywords is posted online.