Breaking news and trending topics are one of the things which makes Twitter so powerful as a real-time distribution platform. It also encourages full participation of the community, which can create a lot of information overload, data noise, spam and frustration from users looking for something in particular. I noticed this frustration yesterday in people's tweets as the Fort Hood shooting story broke. Adam Ostrow noted in the article, Fort Hood Shootings: News Orgs Put Twitter Lists to the Test, "that we’re seeing news organizations that compete vigorously for breaking news turning to real-time curation to help tell the story."
In this case, news organizations were turning to Twitter Lists to manually compile various real-time streams from twitter users. As the news broke I turned to TipTop Search as a better solution to figure out what was going on by (1) searching "Fort Hood", then by (2) looking next to "Filter Results by:", I clicked "shooting" to (3) peruse only the Tip, piT and Other tweet recent messages containing Fort Hood+Shooting. Then I used (4) advanced search options (found in the Related Content section) "Want more such results? Search for Fort Hood shooting or only shooting" to expand the results. By the time I had (5) expanded urls and read articles, I found in the "Top tweets", "piT tweets" and "Other tweets" search results sections, #FortHood and #fthood were all trending topics on twitter. I started (6) sharing by "Re-Tiping" and "Retweeting" good articles and messages people and news organizations were posting which then appeared as highlighted Re-Tips in a yellow frame when I (7) moved the TipTop Search Timeline Slider to the blinking red "Lastest" mode.
Simply by understanding how TipTop's semantic search results are grouped into Tips and piTs, using the results filtering features, advanced search options, and utilizing the real-time search timeline I was able to quickly get results for what i was looking for, see the public sentiment about the news topic through the Pie Chart, and share my findings and tips with others by Re-Tipping and Retweeting the most informative or insightful messages concerning, for example, Major Malik Nadal Hasan. Remember the next time breaking news is happening, TipTop Search is the best place to get the whole story quickly and insightfully.
Have a great weekend!