Google has unveiled a new home and tools for its Realtime search offering.
Although the web giant has been using Realtime search across its search engine, the new home allows you to see conversation views of Twitter messages and an improved overview of the Realtime web. Google has introduced geographic refinements to find updates and news near you, or in a region of your choice.
Google Alerts has also been updated. You can now create an alert specifically for "updates" to get an email as soon as your topic appears on Twitter.
The new Realtime search page makes for an interesting rival to Twitter's own search engine. Previously Google's Realtime offerings were only part of the usual search experience and not offered separately. Google hopes that by giving Realtime its own home and more powerful tools, you will find what you need even faster. You can access Google's Realtime page here and setup your Realtime alerts here.