Jargon Busting No. 24 – Trending

The word trend, more specifically trending, has become part of geek language.  And whilst trend and trending still have something to do with fashion. It refers to what is fashionable online right now.  

Trending is when a specific phrase or hashtag is popular, ideally in the top ten topics being tweeted about at a specific moment. When users of Twitter use a hashtag in their tweets, Twitter monitors the hashtags. These hashtags are ranked based on how often they are used and this ranking is called ‘trending’. 

I have been to many events when it’s has been announced with pride that the event’s hashtag is trending in Adelaide, or even better trending in Australia. It is often seen as a mark of success of an event if the hashtag ‘trends’. 

Tonight’s list of trending hashtags in Adelaide reflects what is and was on TV, including 3 types of sport including rugby game between Australia and New Zealand, AFL and NRL.  Given the impending election it is not surprising that #auspol, a popular hashtag for anything to do with Australian politics is also trending.


It is possible to track the worldwide trending topics on Twitter or refine your search to any city in the world. Tonight’s worldwide trending topics can be seen below, and I have to say I have no idea what some of them are. However that is what makes twitter so interesting. With a little research I can find out what people all over the world are discussing, bitching about or ranting about online and if I am so inclined I can join them by just using the same hashtag in my tweet. 


It is very important to remember that just because something it is trending on Twitter doesn’t mean it is actually important, people tweet about all kinds of ridiculous topics. However personally I’m not convinced that Ben Affleck will be a good Batman but I’m open to be convinced 🙂




2 thoughts on “Jargon Busting No. 24 – Trending

  1. I know that to use a hashtag on my Tweet, I have to start it with the # symbol so that Twitter knows it’s a hashtag (eg #adelaide) and not just a word in my message. I also know that hashtags are not case sensitive, so #adelaide and #Adelaide are the same thing. But why do some hashtags in your lists above begin with a # and other’s don’t?

    • That’s a really good question, I think it might be something to do with topics and words that are trending as well as trending hashtags. When I find out I will let you know 🙂

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