Out of the many things Twitter is famous for, hashtags have always been near the top. Without going too far, it can safely be said that Twitter is incomplete without hashtags. The micro-blogging platform has its share of interesting features and characteristics that set it apart from other social media platforms, and hashtags constitute one such characteristic that stands out. It would be hard to imagine Twitter without hashtags.
Twitter’s tagline describes it as a platform to share “what’s happening” in the world. Truly, the platform enables us to share our opinions on the current happenings around us. Hashtags enable us to be a part of a shared objective. They represent not only the current trends but also the thoughts and feelings of the Twitterati.
Twitter hashtags often represent current news, social media campaigns, and trending topics. The popularity of a hashtag reflects the popularity of the underlying news, campaign, or trend. But how do you find out how popular a particular hashtag is? The only way to find that out is by somehow knowing the number of tweets containing the hashtag, if possible.
Is it possible to view the number of tweets for a hashtag? That’s what we will be discussing in the blog. We will talk about all you need to know about hashtags. Let’s dive right in.
As mentioned earlier, you can easily view the tweet count of trending hashtags right from the Twitter app or website. Viewing trending hashtags is very easy, and we are making it easy for you by laying down the complete step-by-step guide below.
Step 1: Open the Twitter app, or go to the website (https://twitter.com).
Step 2: Log into your Twitter account with your username and password.
Step 3: Go to the Explore section by tapping on the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen.
Step 4: The Explore section consists of several tabs. Tap on the Trending tab to see the list of trending topics.
Step 5: You will see a long list of the trending topics along with the number of tweets.
You might observe that the Trending list is not arranged based on the number of tweets. The list is algorithmically prepared by taking into account various factors in addition to the number of tweets, including your location, interests, the frequency of tweets, etc.
By default, the Trending list is shown according to your location. But, you can see what’s trending in other parts of the world as well. You only need a few seconds to change the settings. Let’s show you how.
Change your trend settings on Twitter: a detailed guide
You can modify your trend settings on the basis of location and view the trends of different countries and regions. Here’s how you can do that.
Step 1: Open the Twitter app and log in to your account.
Step 2: Go to the Explore section by tapping on the magnifying glass.
Step 3: Tap on the Settings icon at the top-right corner of the screen. It will take you to the Explore Settings page.
Step 4: Tap on the slider next to Show content in this location to turn off location-based content.
Step 5: As soon as you turn off location-based content, a new subheading “Explore Locations” will appear. Tap on it to select a location of your choice.
Step 6: You can select a location from the list or search for your desired location through the search bar at the top.
Step 7: After selecting the desired location, go back to the Explore tab. All the content will be refreshed, and new content will be shown according to the location you selected. You can then view the trending hashtags in that location along with the tweet count.
Twitter allows you to view the trending topics and hashtags from all over the world. However, you cannot view the performance of the hashtag of your choice. There is no option or setting on Twitter to view the tweet count of a custom hashtag.
But, as already discussed, third-party platforms can do the job for you. Let’s have a look at them as well.
Third-party platforms to the rescue
Third-party platforms seldom fail to help in times of need. Many online platforms can help you with tweet counts of any hashtag you want. In fact, most of these platforms go far beyond tweet counts and provide data on various other metrics.
There is only one catch, though. Yes, you have guessed it: Money.
Data is everything. The analytical data provided by these platforms is not readily available, and they know this. This is why they charge a considerable amount for the information they provide.