Searching Twitter for trends is one of the best ways to get up to the minute news and information. Twitter search is one of the fastest growing search engines on the web because it provides real-time access to information. Learn more about how Twitter search can be used from this Common Craft video.
Twitter was launched in 2006 at the Austin based SXSW festival where it was a festival favorite. While Twitter slowly took off after that it was embraced by celebrities and news media had has even help shape world politics. Twitter has also been used to help individuals stay alert about disasters, emergencies and changing situations on a world-wide scale. This article from 2009 provides some insight into how libraries and librarians have embraced the microblogging platform.