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Innovation: How your search queries can predict the future

08:09 30 April 2009 by Jim Giles

Innovation is our new column that highlights the latest emerging technological ideas and where they may lead.

Real-time web search which scours only the latest updates to services like Twitter is currently generating quite a buzz because it can provide a glimpse of what people around the world are thinking or doing at any given moment. Interest in this kind of search is so great that, according to recent leaks, Google is considering buying Twitter.

The latest research from the internet search giant, though, suggests that real-time results could be even more powerful they may reveal the future as well as the present.

Google researchers Hyunyoung Choi and Hal Varian combined data from...
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