Twitter Trends: A Glimpse of the Future of Content Monitoring

September 23, 2009

A happy quack to the reader who sent me information about “Trendsmap Maps Twitter Trends in Real-Time.” The Cnet write up points out that this Web site uses “trending Twitter topics by geographical location by combining data from Twitter’s API and What The Trend.” Very interesting publicly accessible service. Similar types of monitoring systems are in use in certain government organizations. The importance of this implementation is that the blend of disparate systems provide new ways to look at people, topics, and relationships. With this system another point becomes clear. If you want to drop off the grid, move to a small town where data flows are modest. Little data won’t show up so more traditional monitoring methods have to be used. On the other hand, for those in big metro areas, interesting observations may be made. Fascinating. The site has some interface issues but a few minutes of fiddling will make most of the strengths and weaknesses clear. The free service is at

Stephen Arnold, September 22, 2009


2 Responses to “Twitter Trends: A Glimpse of the Future of Content Monitoring”

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  2. Lavern Willardson on October 19th, 2010 4:02 pm

    No sensible man may have a contempt for the shortcomings of other people; and he should remain in a certain amazement of his very own, as if they appear to be aged guardians and monitors. They may inevitably seem wiser more than he.

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