I’ve been playing with Google’s Realtime feature today and it is not bad. A search for “sacramento” results in mostly Twitter updates using the #sacramento hash mark. You have the option to filter by updates with images, zip codes (like a search for folks using #sacramento in Rancho Cordova, CA), etc. I’m not sure how this is helpful to you or anyone right now, but I’m COMPLETELY aware that “15 injured in hard landing at Sacramento airport” (the RT function on Twitter really gets annoying using this tool).
I am tracking references to this here web log. No one seems to be tweeting about Turty Squip though.