Seems like every other week Google is rolling out new features and enhancements to Google Plus. It has now added real-time searching and support for hashtags to its ever-expanding social networking site. These enhancements come a month after Google introduced its search feature for Google+. These two new features are designed to make the search process more interactive.
Real-time search means that as you type a search term or topic into the search box, you’ll not only get possible suggested topics as you type (just how it works in the regular Google search process), but you will also get a live update of search results the moment they are posted by your friends and other Google+ members.
At the top of the search results, you can click on the “Best of” button to get a listing of the most liked posts and results related to your topic search. Clicking on “Most recent” (or wait a few seconds and it does it automatically) gives you the most recent results as they are posted. You can even pause the update in order to review results.
This feature works like live Twitter updates, which is great for keeping tabs on evolving current events such as live sports games, TV specials, and breaking news. And of course your searches can be saved for later review.
The new features also include support for searches based hashtags (e.g. #iOS5). Google+ automatically links a hashtag to search results.