Twitter’s Trending Topics are the most-talked about things happening on twitter right now, and they’re a great way for you to tap into the buzz in the Twitterverse. However, it’s not always possible to figure out what a Trending Topic actually is, even after you’ve clicked on it (after all, how many times have you seen a trending topic filled with “Why is #thistrendingtopic trending??” tweets?). We’ve got the best resource for you to discover the meaning behind every trend that hits Twitter’s front page, so you can chime in and shed some light on these trends for your fellow tweeters.
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HootSuite, the company behind the popular social media dashboard of the same name, has acquired What The Trend, a web-based service that provides user-defined explanations of the top Trending Topics on Twitter.
Following a $3m funding round earlier this month, HootSuite has been on a bit of a buying run of late, with the purchase of What The Trend following recent acquisitions of Twapper Keeper, TwitterBar and Swift App.
Have you ever seen a hashtag on Twitter – you know, those jumble of characters that #startswithahashtag – and wondered what it meant? It’s not easy to dive into the lingo of the Twitter-sphere, especially if you’re new – but we’re here to help. We’ve got three sure-fire ways to figure out what any hashtag means, see how many people are talking about it, and polish up your Twitter vocab.
You may have noticed that Lady Gaga has once again breached Twitter’s trending topics. I wonder what she’s done this time? I know – let’s click on the trending topic directly and find out what Twitter has to say about it.
Um, I don’t think so. As the description actually states, Gaga’s performance on The X Factor was back on December 6. It seems extremely unlikely that this would be trending almost a month later, and doing a little research on the (far more reliable) What The Trend? or What The Hashtag? tells me that the real reason Gaga is trending is because she’s announced a tour in South America, including Brazil, in 2010.
If you look closely, #GaGainBrazil is also in Twitter’s top ten, clarifying the meme. And interestingly, they’ve got the right information there.
It’s a good idea to have explanations about the trending topics built into your own website, but it’s really, really poor that nobody has bothered updating this since December 6. Outdated explanations are of less value than no explanation at all.
Sort it out, Twitter. Hire some better people if that’s what it takes. Because if I have to leave your site to find out what is going on within it, you’ve failed.
UPDATE: Seconds after writing this article, Lady Gaga was removed from the trending topics, which is strange as she was nowhere near the bottom when I began to write it. I’m guessing Twitter favoured booting her off the list and having just the one Gaga-related meme, as opposed to, you know, doing a bit of work instead.