10 Of The Best Ways To Track Twitter Trends


One of the best uses of Twitter is to monitor trends that are happening in the world in real-time.  Trends are generally related to a major event that occurred during the day or may be something totally offbeat that the community enjoys reading about.  This list is based on my own observations so if you have any additional tools that I did not write about, please let me know in the comments.

1. Twitter Search

Twitter’s own search engine has a list of the most recent trending topics.  From the Twitter homepage there is a way to find trending topics within specific regions as well.

2. Trendistic

Trendistic has a graphical interface to monitor trends and keywords on Twitter. It lists all the trends over the last few hours, days, and one week.  You can also embed charts and compare trends.

3. What the Trend?

What the Trend? aggregates all of the popular hashtags and explains why they are popular.  There is also a leaderboard for most voted contributors, most active contributors, and fastest contributors.  What The Trend Pro costs about $450/month for a 1 year agreement or $550 on a month-to-month basis.  What The Trend Pro is used by Mashable and AdvertisingAge.  WTT has a Twitter account you can follow at @WTT.

4. Tweetmeme

Tweetmeme is most famously known for their rewet buttons, but you can also use it for tracking trends.  Tweetmeme shows the top shared links in 24 hours, 7 days, and most recently.  The tweets are also categorized into various channels.

5. Twitturly

Twitturly is a service that is similar to Tweetmeme, but it also has a ranking system and categorizes tweets by News, Pics, and Videos.  The service was designed by Mikle Inc.

6. Twithority

Twithority is a Twitter account that updates when a new Twitter trend hashtag is discovered.  There is also a link that contains information about who most recently tweeted about the trend.

7. Twopular

Twopular shows the hottest trends from the last two hours on the homepage by default, but you can go back as much as 8 hours, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, and since the service launched on December 5, 2008.  Twopular has a comparison chart of hashtag trends too.

8. Twitscoop

Twitscoop is one of my favorite trend trackers.  It is also built in to Tweetdeck — Twitscoop shows what hashtags are buzzing in real-time.  The more a trend is growing, the bigger the hashtag becomes.  You can also do searches on keywords and they open in tabs on Twitscoop’s homepage.

9. Retweet iPhone App

The Retweet iPhone application displays the most popular retweets in the last 30 minutes, 3 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours.    The application was designed by Collin Tulloch and it appears to be free as I am writing this, but I believe that it was a paid app around the time that I bought it.  [iTunes link]

10. Tweetie 2 (Soon to be named Twitter for iPhone)

The Tweetie 2 iPhone application is probably the best Twitter application on the App Store right now.  I know this because Twitter themselves acquired atebits, the company that designed it.  Currently the app sells for $2.99, but once Twitter for iPhone replaces this one, it will be free.  Under the search feature of the app, there is a way to view the most recent trends while you’re on-the-go.

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