I'm taking a look at Microsoft Fuse Labs' SocialGadget which provides a way to visually explore Twitter topics. I used the search term "H1N1." You can see the result in the screenshot to the left. It turned out that "Justin Bieber" and "H1N1" were tweeted together 19 times in the past 3 days. That was enough for that name to show up in the tag cloud. Go figure.
Dave Winer's blog post titled Plan B got me thinking about my own plan B. Winer created a new business venture (NewsJunk) that relied on Twitter. I had just started using Twitter by feeding my own 140 characters or less tech news comments and links on my personal blog sites to provide more tech info. But, when Twitter crashes, which happens daily these days, my web pages don't render making them difficult or impossible to view. I think I have a Plan B. It is not as easy or simple to use as Twitter. But, it seems very stable and provides a clean RSS feed. Will play with the idea later today.