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First impressions: Rediff Realtime News Search

Rediff India has introduced 'Rediff Realtime News Search', a news search engine which delivers fresh and recent news content from India and the world. This search engine covers Indian and global news

Rediff India has introduced ‘Rediff Realtime News Search’, a news search engine which delivers fresh and recent news content from India and the world. This search engine covers Indian and global news from over 30,000 worldwide news sites. It offers the latest images from Indian and international news sites and currently has an index size of approximately 13 million images. Read on for our take… The main USP of this search engine is that it finds out whatever you’re looking for in real-time. Unlike other search engines where you need to click on the search results, here as soon as you type something, all the related news will automatically open-up. For example, when I wrote ‘Ma’, the most important news pertaining to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (he was in the news at that point of time) opened automatically right underneath the search bar. Also, it shows the most relevant stories on top unlike other search engines where the most recent news takes the top slot. Also Read - Vi introduces new Rs 447 prepaid plan: Here are the benefits are included

Another noteworthy thing about Rediff’s Realtime News service is the fact that search results change very quickly the moment some other piece of news gets more popular than the earlier one. Here we tried to type ‘Sai’ and posts relating to Saif Ali Khan covered the entire page. And after a few seconds, the search results changed and Saina Nehwal flashed all over the place. So in short, what I mean is as soon as some other piece of article gets more popular, it replaces the older search results instantly. Also Read - Twitter will now sell a ticket for you to join Spaces, aims to help creators earn money

It also showcases product images from various genres. On searching for a particular topic in the search tab, images will open up. Nothing new, nothing different but nothing bad! However, one cool thing i have heard is that Rediff has deployed a bunch of photographers who will keep uploading their own images on this site. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 could get 50MP main rear camera sensor, not 108MP

Now talking about what i didn’t like about it is that here news doesn’t flash automatically and users will literally have to “search” for news. This site doesn’t give you a news feed and rather you will have to look out for what you want, which means it is essential for you to know the news first.

Though the main page looks clean and simple, however, I still feel Rediff should have located a few tabs for various categories of news such as politics, business, sports, entertainment, auto, technology among others. Of course, Google News has spoiled us all and its unfair to demand similar things but still, for the sake of variety and for letting users land into the section that they like to read, I feel Rediff should have put these news categories. All it shows is four hot topics, clicking on which will open up respective headlines and news stories belonging to that particular topic.

Another feature that we think should otherwise have been mandatory is the past hour search feature which is typically found in Google News. Sometimes, a user is in a hurry to read the most important information on a particular topic but here, like pointed out earlier, the most popular one flashes on top even it is a day old.

Having said that, these are still early days for Rediff Realtime News and it is still in beta. We will keep our eyes peeled to see how they evolve in further iterations. If you are in the business of keeping track of particular events or stories, we would suggest you give it a shot.

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  • Published Date: February 23, 2012 12:13 PM IST



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