Monthly Archives: November 2010

Twendr V0.02 with more Style

Since the previous iteration had almost no styling, adding any style was both easy and hard.  But still I added only the most minimal styling.

Also of note:  Canada now has a a “Across” section, showing Canada and Toronto : Across Canada

twendr nov 2010

Announcing Twendr

Very (very) early version of Twendr is up for you to play with at

What’s Twendr?

A Twitter Trends dashboard that, at a glance, shows you what’s happening across geography’s (or time, for a single place).

Who’s if for?

if you are a news, twitter or trending junkie then it’s for you!

How does it work?

The landing page shows “The World” and across the original 6 countries tracked (Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States)

The “Last Hour” page shows you, for that place, the trends going back ~1 hour in 5 minute increments.

For all trend phrases :

  • if you hover over them, it highlights the trend phrase.
  • if you click on them, it opens a page on Twitter Search for that trend phrase.

The pages refresh, automagically, every 5 minutes with the freshest trend data from the twitters.

Currently the site is powered by a (very) small hamster. (actually a Heroku Cloud server and Ruby on Rails, Jquery, CSS and coffee – lots and lots of coffee!)

Please be nice to the hamster!

Whats Next?

  1. A bigger hamster!
  2. Some styling!   Yes, it is very plain, so a basic coat of paint will get applied. (anyone want to design a logo?) as of Twendr V0.02 with more Style (Nov 23 2010)
  3. More data!   Twitter announced on November 15th 2010: “More Cities, More Trends, More Understanding“.   That means 13 new countries (Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela) and 6 new cities (Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, Toronto) to the previous 18 cities.   I’m going to need a Bigger Boat! (Feb 11 2011) I’m still going to need a Bigger Boat!
  4. “Across” pages for countries showing the country and any cities in that country. So for Canada it will show Canada and Toronto, for the United States it will show the US and 19 cites currently tracked. (Jan 15 2011)
  5. Show trends for the “Last Day” (each hour for the previous 24 hours) and the “”Last Week” (each day for the previous 7 days).
  6. Be able to query it to show what the trends for a given date and geography.

This is very beta, and I need your feedback. (please!)

Let me know what you think, what you find, and what you like!