Google has made a pretty cool update to its real time search module by adding time and location variables to play around with.   If you aren’t familiar with real time search, simply search for something in Google and click ‘more’ on the left hand column and scroll to ‘updates’.  These updates pull primarily from Twitter to show the what the latest tweets are for your search query.

Now, with Google’s new tools, you can hone in your real time search to a specific place or time.  Say you want to get more information on a San Francisco earthquake that occurred a few hours ago.  Simply type ‘San Francisco’ into the ‘custom location’ field on the bottom left, and drag the time indicator on top to the correct time of day.  You’ll get a great representation of what people in San Francisco were saying when the earthquake occurred.