In wake of Google Realtime, anyone looking for realtime search results alternative may find the following tool review interesting. Twitter was the primary contributor to Google’s realtime results and since the two seem to be parting ways (may have something to do with G+); Google has temporarily shut down its realtime search results.
I came into the office today to find an email from the DownTweet team and I decided to give it a whirl. DownTweet is a customizable realtime Twitter stream. DownTweet gives you 4 editable “boxes” for streaming live Twitter feeds. You can also login and link your Twitter account with DownTweet and get a live feed for your own account / website. Below you will give you an idea of my DownTweet layout. I went with 3 of the recommended news feeds (NFL, Technology and Comedy) and customized one to Hope Solo (I am not really a soccer fan but she was quite impressive in team USA’s win yesterday). Click on the image below for a better look at the interface.
Overall, it seems to be a pretty smooth layout / interface (minus the advertising) and the news seems to update quite seamlessly. Within the DownTweet interface, you can search your live streams, reply to tweets directly from the DownTweet interface and edit and customize specific feeds.
If you are looking for an alternative to Google Realtime or just need to get your fix of realtime news updates, I recommend giving DownTweet a try. Stay tuned for further updates on this tool and anything else I come across that may be useful in place of Google Realtime.