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The trending topic searches refresh every 5 seconds, which doesn't leave much time to read some of the posts. I understand I can manually pause the search. But is it possible to change the refresh frequency? Maybe something like a Greasemonkey script to override the timer?

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Not that I've found. There is a "Pause" button, of course. – Al E. Jul 6 '12 at 17:17

The stream can move quickly. This is true for all searches, not just trending topic searches.

You can use the pause button (located on the right side, just above the posts as they come in) to pause it at any time. The system will also pause it for you after a while if you don't do anything, to make sure you're still there.

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I already know of the pause button. But I sometimes have Google+ left open on a second monitor for news and chat. Sometimes an item catches my eye and I just want a few moments to take it in rather than stopping what I am doing to click Pause and then Play. 5 seconds is hardly enough time to read the whole preview. – Andy Shinn Jul 8 '12 at 18:27

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