TwitScoop is where you go when you want to see what everybody else is talking about - it keeps a constant eye on the Twitter zeitgeist and keeps you appraised of what the top topics are through a dynamic, constantly shifting map.
What does TwitScoop do?
You start by giving it access to your Twitter account. My first impression was that it's a glorified version of Twitter's page - a straightforward friend feed on the left side of the page updates every minute or so.
But it's what's on the right side that's important: a constantly shifting text cloud of what Twitizens are talking about.
What's cool about TwitScoop?
Curious about what a trend's about? Hover your cursor over one of the floating phrases in the text map, and you get a pop-up with the last few tweets that use that phrase.
Want to follow the trend? Click on it and you're now following it in the feed on the left.
Want to follow more than one trend? Click on the others, and you now have tabbed pages on the left, each following a different trend.
Or just sit and watch the text cloud change - words grow and shrink in size, depending on their popularity in the Twitterverse. One word can dominate the field for hours (for example, when Twitter went down on the morning of August 6, the words hacked and hacker were the big winners until midafternoon).
Others can appear, grow and then disappear in a matter of moments (usually indicating spam). For wandering Twitizens, an iPhone version is available.
What needs to be fixed?
Not much, as long as you take TwitScoop for what it is - a view of the moment's Twitter trends.
TwitScoop is a great place to catch trends and news. If that's why you're on Twitter, this is where you need to be.