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Are Google Real-Time Results a Boon or Bane for Soccer Fans?

google twitter1 Are Google Real Time Results a Boon or Bane for Soccer Fans?

Soccer fans around the world have been trained to proceed with caution when surfing the Internet and recording matches on television for later viewing. The obvious rules apply about avoiding soccer websites, blurring ones vision when accidentally seeing a BottomLine ticker scrolling by, and avoiding contact with Twitter or friends who like to blabber what the latest score is in a crunch game.

But now we have a new venue to be careful when visiting. And that’s Google, the search engine that used to be pretty safe territory in days of yore.

So what has Google done to be added to the list of websites that soccer fans should avoid? Just last week they unveiled their “Latest Results” real-time search feature which brings together the latest up-to-the-minute results from Twitter, blogs and other social media sites.

The way the feature works is that it appears near the top of very hot and timely search topics and then, without refreshing the page, scrolls through the up-to-the-minute headlines. Take a look at the above example from this past weekend shortly after the 2-0 win by Portsmouth against Liverpool.

The Latest Results feature is wonderful news for soccer fans who want to get the latest breaking news so they don’t have to visit Twitter search, Friendfeed or other sites. But, and it’s a big but, it means that soccer fans who timeshift and watch games at a later time have to be really careful what they type into Google in case they accidentally see up-to-the-minute news on their favorite club.

What do you think? Is the feature something you see yourself using in Google, or will you be trying to avoid the search engine at all costs during times when you may be at work recording games and surfing the Internet?


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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