I’m writing in a less serious vein tonight, because it’s suddenly 9.00pm and I have not yet blogged yet. I did try and store some blogs up earlier in the week, but as usual when I do this, I came back to them and decided that they need a lot more work before they go up or I just don’t like them at all – I do much better if I find an idea and immediately run with it.
So, with that in mind I took off to Twitter to find some possible inspiration. My newsfeed has been mostly occupied with with Gamescom, but that is a blogpost for tomorrow because World of Warcraft (look, it’ll make more sense tomorrow.) However at some point in the last hour it appears that there has been a somewhat drastic shift of tone in the Twittersphere.
Did you know that Great British Bakeoff is on?
Apparently it’s quite popular.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done much tracking of Twitter hashtags, it’s something I haven’t really done since University. In the process of writing this post, and actually trying to figure out what this main point of this entry was, I ended up finding a bunch of tracking tools that may or may not have even existed back then – I certainly don’t remember using them. So I’m going to list them here quickly, more for my own use than anything else since worryingly I suspect the rest of the world probably already knew about them.
- Trends24 – Which gives an hour-by-hour list of the top trending hashtags in any country.
- Trendsmap – Show a map of where in the world subjects are trending. This is something I may come back to in another post, as it’s really interesting to see which countries Twitter is most popular in.
- What The Trend – A slightly weird one, which will explain the meaning and reasons of hashtags based on definitions given by it’s users – sort of Urban Dictionary style.
- Topsy – One which I now realise I do remember having used before, is a graph-based interpretation of hashtag popularity.
And with that, I’m off to actually watch Great British Bake Off. Twitter informs me that Beetroot is involved. I do not know whether to be concerned by this or not (though Twitter could probably tell me that too…)