Twist: Track Keywords on Twitter

Twist 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 two-hour intervals.

Then, it shows how the frequency of one, two and three-word phrases fluctuate over time. The result is a visualization of what is popular and what is not among Twitter users, and how certain events are reflected or even predicted in twitter. 

Select an area on the graph to zoom into trend for specific time range. Click on any point on the graph to see all tweets posted during a specific time. One can also see the latest tweets on the topic.

You can enter a phrase (topic) in the Twist search box to see how its frequency varies over time, or several different topics separated by commas to see how they relate (each topic will show in the chart with a specific color).

The site generates code to add Twist charts to your website, as a static image or dynamic image that updates. (Unfortunately, the code isn’t permitted at this WordPress site.)