When I go to Twitter.com, the trending list is for people who live in New York City. That’s nice, but I’m based in Mexico City, not NYC. How do I change the trending now list in Twitter?
Starting with Google’s Zeitgeist analysis of searches, it’s become quite the trend for social media companies to support hashtags and then offer up a listing of the most popular of them for a given subset of all users of that service. Facebook supports hashtags, Google Plus supports hashtags, even Pinterest does. But Twitter was one of the first, and with its constant stream of tweets — millions an hour — the system has hundreds of millions of words to analyze and calculate.
As you know from your own experience, by default Twitter endeavors to show the trending words and hashtags for your local area, but it doesn’t always get things right. I mean, you’re in Mexico City, so it got the “City” part right, but that’s a pretty long way from New York City, for sure. Makes me wonder if that wasn’t something to do with your ISP, because I’ll often have my location mis-identified. In fact, just this afternoon I was in Boulder, Colorado and Google was convinced I was somewhere in mid-Oklahoma. But Mexico City to NYC? Probably not!
Anyway, turns out that it’s easy to change your Twitter “Trending Now” location by clicking on the “Change” link. Which is pretty obvious.
Here’s my default “trending now” Trends list on my Twitter home page:
See the “Change” adjacent to “United States” on the top line? That’s what you want to click on!
Now you’ll see a number of suggestions and a box where you can type in the city or location you desire:
Start typing in a few letters and it’ll promptly suggest cities it knows that match.
Here I’ll check the Twitter Trends from Seoul, Korea:
The results? Well, I don’t have a clue since I don’t read any Korean:
Well, heck. Go back and change it again, this time to London, United Kingdom:
Notice the differences between this set of trending topics and those shown in the very first image in this post.
Curious globally about what’s trending in the world of Twitter? You can do that too, use “worldwide”. Me, I prefer something more local so I’ll specify “Denver”:
Now your assignment is to figure out what #TRXYE means, since it only shows up on the Denver trending list…