Twitter is a great place to keep up to date with the latest major events and important news stories. The subjects that people tweet about inevitably find their way on the list of top trends. Depending on your needs, you may want to track how these trends develop over time.
Useful Twitter Trending Sites
There are a plethora of sites and services that will help you to follow Twitter trends. Some of them will tweet directly to you on your own twitter account (for example @UKTRENDS). Other services present the trends on their own websites (tagdef.com is an example). A quick search for "trending twitter" will help you to find the latest services, and to this search you can add your geographical location if you would like.
In this example I have used:
How to track Twitter trends
Taking hashtags.com, when I paste the URL into a Digimind agent, I will see:
When I click to see the previews of the RSS feeds, I will see that this is not exactly what I'm interested in:
Although this kind of information is interesting, it's not a list of the latest Twitter trends. The feed contains articles about how to use hashtags and examples of good social media strategy.
I need another way to get to the trends. At the bottom of the Smart Tracker, there is an option to open the advanced settings:
Clicking on this will open up the advanced configuration for the agent, where I will be able to add this URL as a webpage with area tracker:
I can then select the part or parts of the page I would like to track:
What do I see on my dashboard?
The alerts will show me the new trends, for example:
When I click on the alert, I will see the webpage with any new trends highlighted in yellow, this one from tagdef:
Combine trending topics with a query
Depending on your needs, you may or may not be interested in all the new trending topics for a particular day or week. You can filter the results with a query, which will focus on trends that start with your keyword or keywords.
For example a query like this will only report trends that talk about a particular brand of car: