Social media moves very quickly, and while traditional search and alerts are fine for finding existing conversations, sometimes you want to get up to the minute results.

Lazyfeed searches RSS feeds from blogs and Twitter to video and image feeds. Do real-time searches on any topic and if the results are intriguing save the search for later. Put in a few key words or phrases and you’ll quickly see which float to the top as the most often discussed. Save the searches you like for later and they’ll be updated when you come back to review again.

Lazyfeed will also help you find relative topics based on your interests on your social networks. Look into the topics tab where you can connect your Twitter, Flickr, Delicious accounts or blogs. Lazyfeed searches these sites for tags in those accounts and stream them live into your topics feed.

Monitter and Yahoo! Sideline are real time search engines for Twitter. Enter keywords, names, corporate brands and see a real time list of Tweets on those topics. These are incredibly useful ways to track what’s going on at a conference, breaking news events or current discussions about your keywords.

Twendz and Trendrr are two more real time Twitter engines that show which topics are trending with a lot of discussion about them. Although these tend to be celebrity gossip on occasion they can also be useful for breaking news.

Tweetbeep allows you to save multiple alerts for a keyword, phrase or domain name on Twitter and can be filtered by distance from a location, particular user names and whether or not a URL is in the post. These alerts can be emailed to you on a scheduled or real-time basis and are very useful in alerting you to a new discussion or reference.

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