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


20 Oct 2011

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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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