Why Google Fell Flat On Real-Time News

Search Engine Land, Sunday, December 20, 2009 10:32 PM
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The news of actress Brittany Murphy's death put Google's real-time search feature to the test. Danny Sullivan explains that when Michael Jackson died earlier this year it took several minutes for the news to make it into Google search results despite the number of search queries.

When Sullivan searched 30 minutes after reports came out about Murphy's death, Google had streamed plenty of traditional news. But Sullivan wants to know if real-time search actually adds to the quality of Google's listings. Had Google recycled news from other sources? And why did Google come up short on real-time news?
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