How to Track A Hashtag
According to Twitter a hashtag is “used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.” Basically it helps to categorize tweets so you can easily find topics you are interested in when you do a search. When you click on the hashtag, it will bring up all the other tweets with that same hashtag making it quick an easy to find topics you are interested in. You will see hashtags used in Twitter parties as a way for everyone to keep up with the party. I also started adding my own hashtag #simplystacie to my giveaway tweets. This way if you click on #simplystacie all the tweets about my giveaways will come up!
One neat thing I discovered are sites out there that provide you with valuable information about your hashtag. Whether you need it for a Twitter party, your own hashtag or are just curious about a specific hashtag, they are valuable tools to have.
Trendistic will show you trends of a specific hashtag over time. Since my hashtag is so new and doesn’t show much data yet, I decided to look up another popular hashtag #giveaway. You can see from the screenshot below it shows you the popularity over the last 7 days. You can also check 30 days, 90 days or 180 days.
Twitterfall lets you see everytime your name (or business) is mentioned on Twitter. I searched my blog name “Simply Stacie” just to see what came up. It’s a good tool to have so you know when people are talking about you. You can also use it to pull up tweets using your hashtag.
Hashtracking will give you a custom report on the last 1000 tweets with your hashtag for free! It also gives you information about the people who have tweeted with your hashtag including top 10 by number of impressions, top 10 by number of tweets and top 10 by number of followers. You can also purchase reports with enhanced stats covering unlimited number of tweets as well as monthly subscriptions.
TweetReach tells you how far your tweet reached in terms of exposure. It will only show you data for 50 tweets for free, but if you wanted a full report with more data (up to 1500 tweets) you can purchase one.
HashTweeps lets you search for Twitter users by a hashtag. I did a search for #simplystacie and saw all the tweeps tweeting my hashtag and the number of times they used it.
Which hashtags do you use most often? Are there any other types of tracking sites you recommend?