The real-time web is heating-up. Angel investor Ron Conway told Mike Arrington at TechCrunch that he will invest in 40 to 50 companies focused on real-time data in the next 18 months. Twitter, Facebook, blogs, podcasts, and news sites are generating tons of social content every hour.
During his SMX Keynote today, Microsoft’s head of search Qi Lu said "Bing as a product took a very distinct different approach. What we would like to offer is rich and more organized user experience so we enable users to complete tasks more efficiently and make more informed decisions faster." Qi Lu noted “Recency and freshness is becoming increasingly important.”
OneRiot, a startup in Boulder, Co. saw this trend and built a real-time search engine that uses Twitter feeds and their own client web tracker to produce real-time search results. Two other innovative startups, WebMynd and Surf Canyon, worked quickly to customize Bing with real-time search results powered by OneRiot. Surf Canyon CEO, Mark Cramer, said that they are excited about this integration because “Bing users can now re-rank search results ‘on the fly’ plus get OneRiot’s real-time web results to further transform Bing search results into dynamic portals of information.”
Microsoft also worked with OneRiot to create IE8 Optimized Browsers for the Real-Time Web. Microsoft has kept close ties with OneRiot, a real-time search engine company, since they launched in November 2008. You can install WebMynd and SurfCanyon IE8 browser extensions to get customized search results on the side with the hottest shares online right now from OneRiot. Another cool way to use Bing, gotta love it!
Tobias Peggs, general manager at OneRiot, said that the company was honored to be a part of this push toward the real-time web, “It's a big vote of confidence in our approach to index the web, the unique search results we return, and our ability to scale."
The IE8 Optimized Browser for the Real-Time web comes loaded with OneRiot Search, a ‘Most Shared Web Slice’ and a very cool ‘Top Videos Web Slice’ which basically gives you the hottest stuff online right inside the IE8 browser. Get the goodies here: http://ieaddons.com/en/browsers/OneRiot+Browser/
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