Editor’s note: For those in the New Orleans real time search lecture and the Madrid semantic search talk, I promised to make available some of the information I discussed. Attendees are often hungry to have a take away, and I want to offer a refrigerator magnet, not the cruise ship gift shop. This post will provide a summary of the real time information services I mentioned. The group focuses on content processed from such services as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other geysers of digital confetti. A subsequent blog post will present the basics of my draft taxonomy of real time search. I know that most readers will kick the candy bar wrapper into the gutter. If you are one of the folks who picks up the taxonomy, a credit line would make the addled goose feel less like a down pillow and more like a Marie Antoinette pond ornament.
What’s Real Time Search?
Ah, gentle reader, real time search is marketing baloney. Life has latency. You call me on the phone and days, maybe weeks go by, and I don’t return the call. In the digital world, you get an SMS and you think it was rocketed to you by the ever vigilant telecommunications companies. Not exactly. In most cases, unless you conduct a laboratory test between mobiles on different systems, capturing the transmit time, the receiving time, and other data points such as time of day, geolocation, etc., you don’t have a clue what the latency between sending and receiving. Isn’t it easier to assume that the message was sent instantly. When you delve into other types of information, you may discover that what you thought was real time is something quite different. The “check is in the mail” applies to digital information, index updating, query processing, system response time, and double talk from organizations too cheap or too disorganized to do much of anything quickly. Thus, real time is a slippery fish.
Real Time Search Systems
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