It's a funny story, but it illustrates how the Web is changing. People increasingly turn to the Internet for up-to-the-minute information about, well, everything—blog postings about celebrity antics, status updates from friends, and pictures and videos of political events as they unfold, like the protests over the Iranian election. Studies have shown that these types of search requests are on the rise.
Pundits call it the real-time Web. It's upending the Internet as we've known it, and it's not something that Google can easily dominate.
El tiempo real es estresante y peligroso. Cualquiera que pretenda desconectarse sanamente en vacaciones sabe lo que cuesta dejar de mirar de vez en cuando el maldito Blackberry. De todos modos, evidentemente no estamos frente a una moda pasajera, por lo que tendremos acostumbrarnos a este fenómeno que alterará sin duda nuestros ciclos vitales de maneras todavía ignoradas:
Edo Segal, a pioneer in real-time search, thinks the field is going to explode as updates become more automatic, with our devices autoreporting where we are, how we're feeling, and what we're doing and seeing. Old-school search will never vanish, but real-time news will create a society where we have an omnipresent sense of the moment. "Google organized our memory," Segal says. "Real-time search organizes our consciousness."