With the race fully on for real-time search we can all wonder who will take the crown. Google has a stake in the outcome. As does Twitter. And Facebook. and Bing. But there is one other newcomer to search who has thrown a hat into the ring and they’re looking pretty good.
I think it’s entirely feasible that in five years there will be a real-time search engine that dominates the present web in the same way that Google currently dominates the search market overall. And that search engine won’t be Google. It will likely be one of the 11 highlighted by VentureBeat in the above link.
Most of the real-time search engines are heavily weighted toward Twitter searches, but I think that’s too narrow. In order to gain real prominence in the here and now of search, a search engine will have to expand into blogs, social bookmarking services, social networking, and forums. A search engine will have to essentially do what Google does sans the emphasis on links and domain age, or authority. In other words, focus primarily on the latest results and their relevance to a search query with spam filters. So far, I don’t see anyone getting close. But there are some search engines that are getting close to close.
I’d say, at this point, it looks like the strongest contenders for real-time search are OneRiot, mentioned above, and Collecta, which we reviewed earlier in the year and the issues mentioned then seem to be fixed (for the most part). What do you think? Who do you think will emerge as the leader in real-time search?