I really like twitter, but I hate the way search throttles you. You have to keep pulling down, or click on the "40 new results" link to be spoonfed dribbles of tweets.
So, making use of the twitter streaming api, I have been playing with a personal tool to get around this, so that you can have a more uninterrupted view of the tweets that match your search terms.
This little project is currently called "Twitter Sifter".
It can be a lot of fun to use while watching sporting events, tv shows, or really any live event. For "breaking news", it can help you spot those first bursts of new information. All while avoiding continual clicking to get new information.