With an estimated 200 million+ global users, Twitter is an online social networking platform of which you’re most likely already aware.
The Trends functionality within the standard Twitter profile allows users to see discussion topics in virtual real-time that are trending and most popular among other users located in different geographic locations around the world. Basically, the Trends function allows you to quickly and easily discover sentiments of others related to current world events and global happenings, as well as countless past, present and future-related ideas and items of interest.
For example, after selecting the “Worldwide” setting within the Trends function, I discovered that the following topics were most popular among users tweeting earlier today, October 8, 2011:
RIP Al Davis
GREYSON IS THE INSPIRATION
UNBROKEN TOUR IN BRAZIL
Congrats LarryJEDWARD WOW OH WOW
PROUD OF 1D
Do any of the above hashtags or phrases peak your interest enough to search Twitter to learn more? Or, would you be more interested in seeing topics that were or are trending in your local neighborhood?
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died three days ago, and millions of global Twitter users have expressed their reactions to Jobs’ passing via tweets. Searching the hashtag, #stevejobs, on Twitter today reveals the continued sentiments of many organizations and individuals in tweets, such as:
BrooklynBrewery The Brooklyn Brewery
Paying our respects to a man who changed the world bit.ly/qwQpdb #stevejobs
CathySal Cathy Salazar
Retweet if you are touching an Apple product #SteveJobs #iSad
Tweet_Dec Declan Cashin
Gawker: What everyone is too polite to say about #SteveJobs gaw.kr/rqD5xV
beppe_grillo Beppe Grillo
[Commento] 10 years ago we had #SteveJobs, #BobHope and #JohnnyCash. Now we have no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash goo.gl/EvYkI
swoldhek Siegfried Woldhek
A portrait of #SteveJobs. The man with golden eyes http://ow.ly/6RccO
Maybe the most appropriate question to raise is not the question, “Do you have a Twitter handle?” Maybe a better question is, “Are you using Twitter to search out different perspectives and discover different worlds?”