YouTube Launches Real-Time Discussion Search and Tracking

by admin October 16, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Real-time information is red hot all around the web but it made a surprise appearance on YouTube tonight in the form of real-time search for comments, of all things. YouTube comments are notoriously not worth reading, but now you can search their full text…in real time. There are some very real, potential use-cases crying out for a tool like this. Companies in particular are likely to want to know what people are saying about their names in the comments on YouTube. You name your topic, though: it’s now available for real-time search across viewer discussion.

Real-time search appears to have been rolled out very recently, with no mention, on this page. In addition to search results continuously updated ala Facebook’s newsfeed (“3 new results”) there’s also a frequently-updated list of “trending topics” on the search page.

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