Flocking.me takes a great approach to searches against twitter. Instead of a search giving you results form everyone, it only gives results from your friends.
Authentication is done via oAuth and offers four areas to work with:
- search results from your friends
- results on a map
- trends from just your friends
- live updates
This is a great tool you should add to your arsenal of ways to gather information and see what is hot. We already know that your friends are a finely tuned micro-community. Exploit that with this tool.
After you authenticate, it prompts you to send a tweet you are using the service and to follow them. Both are simple checkboxes you can leave enabled (default) or disable. You get a new web interface over your Twitter background in a grid mode showing recent tweets from those you follow. Icons on the top left allow you to change from the grid, map mode and list form. What was weird is that I could not reply or retweet from any of the ones showing. I could cick to see more on that person, but that was it.
Trends show across the top and there is a button for your lists now as well as the number of new tweets shows so you can refresh the grid or map. When I zoomed all the way out on the map it did not seem to refresh but that could have just been my connection at the moment of testing.