What is the real-time Web? Basically, the real-time Web is simply a catchphrase for almost instant information, from conversations to news to collaboration. How do you find this content? Here are six ways you can use the real-time Web in your daily life.
1. Use the real-time Web as a search toolWhen we use search engines, the results we see on the front page are not necessarily the most recent: they're just the content that has A)been up the longest B)been linked to the most or C)a combination of the two. However, they're definitely not results that have been posted in the last hour or so. How do you find this kind of content? Here are a few resources to help out:
2. Use Twitter as a real-time platformTwitter is arguably the most well known real-time Web application out there. You can use Twitter as a launching pad for finding all sorts of real-time content.
3. Search conversations happening in real-timeIf you've ever wanted to see what people are talking about all over the world, then the real-time Web is your new best friend.
4. Follow news events as they happenIs there a news event you're interested in? Perhaps you're following an election, or a tropical storm, or maybe just a bit of gossip. No matter what the news event might be, you can use the real-time Web to get results much faster than you would any other mode of delivery.
5. Find people with the real-time WebMore people are online now than in any other time in history. If someone is online, you can (probably) find them.
6. Use the real-time Web to share stuff you likeOne of the most popular ways to use the real-time Web is to share content that you enjoy with other people.
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