I’m still trying to figure out if Twitter has a place in my universe (for one thing, it seems like a lot of trouble to keep up with, and for two things, I’m pretty boring.) But in the meantime I’m having fun playing with TweetVolume, which allows you to enter words and see how often they’re being used on Twitter.
Looks like a Google search restricted to Twitter but it doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun. You can enter up to five words and phrases and get a graph of which words are the most popular. Try searches like breakfast lunch dinner or brand names.
If this tool made use of Google’s daterange syntax, and allowed you to do searches on words within the last week or the last month, that would be even more fun…