Want to know what’s being talked about on Twitter right now? Or how about what people are saying about your or your brand? Monitoring hashtags is a great way to get in on a conversation on Twitter, whether it’s a trending topic or a few tweets per day. We’ve compiled 5 useful tools that will help you monitor hashtags on Twitter, so you can keep up with the conversation.
Monitter lets you monitor hashtags in real-time from their website. You can monitor up to 3 hashtags at once, which appear in three columns with the newest tweets in each column popping up at the top. While there is no option to store the data, you can still watch what’s being said on a particular topic as-it-happens, which is a powerful way to get in on the conversation. Monitter also offers the ability to populate the columns with Twitter’s current trends, which will give you insight into the top three things that people are talking about on Twitter, right now.
While HootSuite is known primarily as a tool to manage multiple social networks from a single dashboard, it has great hashtag monitoring functionality as well. Once you’ve set up your dashboard, you can add up to 10 streams per account that can monitor hashtags, @mentions, keywords and more. HootSuite displays these in real-time, and also stores them when you’re offline so you always have access to the entire conversation, whether it happened when you were on vacation or in the other room.
If you’re looking for simplicity, TwitterFall’s the app to go to to monitor hashtags. It displays a single stream of tweets related to a hashtag that you’re interested in following. It displays the pic and username of the person tweeting within your hashtag conversation, and it also gives you the ability to retweet, follow, DM, or otherwise interact with that person. You can also follow lists, trending topics, geo-location-based tweets and more.
TweetChat lets you join in on a hashtag conversation as well as monitor it. Once you sign in with you Twitter account, you simply select the hastag to monitor and TweetChat will display the most recent tweets that include that hashtag. But what’s most interesting about this app is that it adds that hashtag to your own tweets so that you can be an active participant in the conversation. This effectively puts blinders on all the other conversations happening on Twitter, and creates a chat-room style experience for you that revolves around a single hashtag.
Trendistic provides you with a visual graph of a trend, hashtag, or keyword’s popularity over a specified period of time. You can see how many tweets of the whole Twitter-verse included a certain hashtag with this app, as well as see when the conversation was most active. Trendistic allows you to define a time period between 24 hours and 180 days to get a short- or long-term snapshot of a particular hashtag.