Hashtags are a popular way to start up a conversation about a specific topic within Twitter. By putting the # sign before a subject, it creates a conversation that others can join. For example, if I wanted to tweet about plastic surgery, I could include #plasticsurgery within my tweet and it would list my comment on the discussion being held within Twitter about that topic. As you can imagine, a recent popular hashtag topic was #royalwedding.
The challenge comes with finding all of the conversations you would like to join. One site that is helpful is called What the Trend. Mediabistro.com reported, “What the Trend shows you the top hashtag and non-hashtag trending topics. It lists the 10 top trending phrases at any given moment on Twitter, along with a short description of each. Just underneath the written description is how long ago this phrase started trending, and when it received its description. What the Trend also shows you the top trending topics in several geographic areas. You can also view all of the trends from the past 24 hours, and sort by verified trends, explained trends and much more.”
Trendistic is another site that can tell you just how popular a hashtag is on Twitter. If you type in the hashtag phrase into their search, it can tell you not only the most recent conversations about that phrase but also how active it has been for the last 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, 90 days and 180 days. The site also gives embedding information so that you can put their charts on your blog or website. Check out the right side of the main Trendistic site to see a list of the top trending topics.