Google+ launches real-time updates, coincides with Gadhafi death

20 Oct 2011

Timing is everything. Just as the world endeavours to figure out if Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi has been captured or killed, Google’s Vic Gundotra revealed a new real-time updates feature for the Google+ social network that should give rival Twitter pause for thought.

Gundotra just posted on Google+: “Try Google+ realtime updates this morning. Click on this link #gadhafi, and then click on ‘most recent’. Then give it a minute and watch the news flow.”

When you click on the link the news flows in real time all right, and a little pause/play button on the top right allows you to freeze the flow.

The real-time updates capitalise on the prominence that Google+ gives to photography, capturing the grisly images of Gadhafi’s capture.

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