Saturday, February 28, 2009

How to Search Twitter for What's Hot

One of the things that was notable about last week's plane crash in Amsterdam was the use of Twitter by nearby witnesses. I heard about it in the media as I madly updated with accident information, but I was frustrated because I didn't have an easy way to search Twitter. Actually, I had a way, I just didn't know about it. allows you to search Twitter for up to the minute messages. It is such a good service, that Twitter acquired it. You can find it either at or

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