Google published on the developer site information about the search live coverage carousel, which lets publishers feed Google breaking content in real-time that is related to live sports, elections, and breaking news.
This does seem directly related to the real time indexing API announcement made at Google I/O in May by Richard Gingras.
This “search live coverage carousel” is a “pilot” that Google is opening up to select publishers. Publishers can apply by filling out this form over here. It allows Google to “surface content more quickly than is currently possible with a standard crawl on your website.” Google said content that make sense for this live coverage carousel includes “live sports, elections, and breaking news” and “can include live blogs, full length articles, videos and more,” Google added.
Here is a screen shot of what this new search live coverage carousel looks like:
To participate in this pilot, you do need to use AMP HTML, the structured content markup and supply an Atom based feed. Here are the more detailed requirements:
We asked Google if this is related to the real time indexing API announced at I/O, we believe so but we are trying to get official confirmation. When we hear back, we will update this story.
Hat tip to Aaron Bradley who spotted this first.
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