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), using trending topics on Twitter.

What are “trending topics” you ask? From Twitter :

From news stories to the latest buzz about movies or music, the trending topics reflect what new or newsworthy topics are occupying the most people’s attention on Twitter at any one time..

But Twitter only shows you one place at a time. Twendr will show you what’s happening in the World and across various Countries, or a Country and the Cities in that Country. For a particular place, you can also see how trending topics have changed or gotten more popular.

Who’s if for?

If you are a news, twitter or trend 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) – More coming!

On Noverember 15, 2010 Twitter announced: More Cities, More Trends, More Understanding with a total of “The World”, 20 Counties and 21 Cities.

On April 11, 2011 Twitter announced an additional 70 locations for a total 111 location: the “World”, 31 Counties and 79 cities .

The landing page shows “The World” and across the 31 Countries tracked, plus for those Countries with one or more Cities tracked you can view the Country and City or Cities) together.


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.

You can sort the columns on a page by dragging them; and you can hide a column by using the light bulb “visibility” button : , which opens the “Show / Hide Columns” dialog box:

with also lets you “Show all Columns” or “Restore Order” (undoing any sorting you might have done).

Currently the site is powered by a (very) small hamster!
Actually its built on a Heroku Cloud server, with Ruby on Rails, jQuery, CSS and coffee – lots and lots of coffee!.

Please be nice to the hamster!

It is built by Ian Irving who blogs at FalsePositives, and is an independent Developer for Hire at Connected Thinking, and lives in Toronto, Canada.

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


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