TwitterFall: Keep Tabs on Hot Twitter Subjects
Twitter has come about as one of the simplest ways to get information on what the blogosphere is jabbering about on a real-time basis. However, the site's limitations are clear to anyone who uses the service. Finding new people and keeping up with hot topics on Twitter can be a real pain if you don't feel like "following" every person you come in contact with. If you use Twitter to gather information on what's the day's buzz, then TwitterFall might be for you.
The site can be used a few different ways. If you just go to TwitterFall, you get a shortlist of what the day's most micro-blogged terms might be, usually relating to what day of the week it is, or what's happening that day. If you prefer to search throughout Twitter on your own terms, you can make a multi-term search that will follow whatever phrases or words you put into the search. If anyone, anywhere, on Twitter mentions the terms you're looking out for, they'll be displayed in a window cascade that's situated in the middle of TwitterFall's home page.
If you feel like you can't keep up with how many updates you're getting, you can use the right side of the site to manage how frequently Tweets are displayed, or speed it up if you want to see things quicker. Either way, TwitterFall will tell you how many items are queued up for viewing, and the same tool bar on the right will allow you to customize the look and feel of your experience on TwitterFall.
It's not required for you to log in to Twitter through TwitterFall in order to use the service, but you have certain advantages if you do. By logging in to your Twitter account, you can reply, direct message, or re-Tweet any message that comes down your search results, and you can also easily find friends or other fellow Twitterers (is that a word?) to follow, if they seem relevant or interesting.
People who don't use Twitter will obviously hate this service, because it serve no purpose to them. To those of us who may be using Twitter more as a news gathering service, or to see what the Twitterati are talking about, TwitterFall is the only service yet that offers this level of control over your Twitter searches. It beats the heck out of searching for things on Twitter, itself, too. All you Tweeters (now that's better) out there go give this a try, and let us know what you think in the comments below.