Yesterday Greg Keller, Lijit's VP of Product was on an OMMA Panel on Real-time Search. I was originally slotted for this panel but had a conflict so Greg stepped in and did a great job. Greg tested everyones excitement over "real-time search" taking the position thats its a tool, not a lifestyle. Probably good I wasn't there as I have an even more contrary attitude.
I wrote a post a while back that I ended up screaming at the computer screen as I watched the panel. After watching the panel, I'm more sure than ever that "real-time search" is simply a "feature of search", rather than the new catagory that people are trying to make it
Real-time search is simply a human based ALERTING mechanism (usually twitter) tied to a traditional TIME BIASED Search Index. I find this to be a feature, not a phenomenon.
Nothing more, nice work Greg!