Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What's trending?

If something is trending on twitter, it is a topic that is being talked about the most. It could be any news or story that is popular at the moment.
A trend simply reflects what seems to be going around at any given time. It could reflect fashion, pop-culture, entertainment… or even the stock market.

1. If you would like to know what's happening right now on Twitter, there are many ways to find out: one way is to visit the profile, "What's Trending" (@WhatsTrending). If you go to, you can see what's trending in your area right now.

2. Absolutely anything that is trending at the moment will no doubt be passed around on Facebook. Popular things, whether they are funny videos or serious political stories go viral overnight.

3. Have you heard of "Zite"? It is an app that collects the best of all topics from around the Internet: from magazines, newspapers, authors, blogs and videos on any topic that is currently trending. It is available on the App Store (iOS), Google play and Amazon Appstore (for Android), as well as on the Windows Phone Store. It will curate your news content according to your interests.

4. What is currently trending in your area of interest, whether it be sports, technology, productivity, health, etc?

5. If you have no idea what's trending at the moment, Google it! Go to Google and type in, "What's trending right now?"... or, "Trending topics." Some of your top results will be for Yahoo! News, Pinterest, Twitter, The Huffington post, TechCrunch, etc.

6. If you own an iPad or iPhone, you can go to the app store and tap on the "Near Me" icon - which will show you popular apps in your location. Where I stay in the Northeast of Brazil, at the time of writing, these apps are popular: Mailbox, Find my iPhone, Banco do Brasil, Diário do Nordeste, Evernote, TuneIn Radio, Easy Taxi, Nike+ Running and Deezer. Isn't it interesting that you can find out what apps are trending right now in your exact location?

7. Very recently, Facebook announced a new product called "trending", which they say is "designed to surface interesting and relevant conversations". They say it's a personalized list, including topics that are based on your interests and also what is trending across Facebook overall. At the moment it is rolling out only on the web version in select countries they say… And later they will test it out on mobile. On Facebook people share their thoughts and participate in "real-time" conversations. What is currently trending on Facebook among your circle of friends?

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