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What is happening right now on Twitter? How can you track interesting stories that are breaking across the globe? Here are a few tools you can use right now to see.

TrendsMap: Tweets and tags are mapped all over the world. TrendsMap tracks the words, or topics, as they become more or less popular in overall tweets, and only show the important ones. They claim they are are currently processing around 30 million tweets per day.  It is a neat little tool to see what people are writing about in your home town or area.

Trendistic: Trendistic is a tool that allows you to track trends on Twitter, similarly to what Google Trends does for Google searches. It gathers tweets as they are posted, filters redundant ones and compiles the rest into one-hour intervals. It does not have a lot of detailed information on each tweet,

Monitter: Monitter is a slick and quick way to track twitter trends. Type in keywords and Monitter will automatically update with the most recent tweets containing those terms. Add or remove columns to give you the right amount of information. You can track and list several trends at the same time.

Tweetmeme: Tweetmeme has fast become the most popular method for tracking news stories online. The system lists the most shared content on the web within any particular time frame. They have also broken down the content into subjects, so you can see the most popular business, marketing or technology information.

Twitturly: Twitturly tracks the URLs flying around the Twitterverse and provides a quick, real-time view of what people are talking about on Twitter. Each time someone tweets a URL to their followers on Twitter, Twitturly takes note of it and applies it as a vote for that URL.

Twopular: A cute little site that shows you how and when certain keywords are trending. Although it looks slightly abandoned, but it is still working. It has who is writing what trend, when those keywords became popular etc. Definitely worth a look.

What the trend:  What the Trend helps you find out what’s trending on Twitter and why. For each trend, users are given a quick explanation of WHY it’s trending. These explanations are editted by users.  The website claims they are currently tracking over 100,000 trends.


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