On this page you can see a video overview of the main features of the Trendsmap visualisation tool.

The main features and settings are described below, and at the bottom of the page are FAQs.

You can learn about the analytics here.

Trendsmap’s visualisation tool enables you to create animated and static visualisations based on what is being mentioned on Twitter.

Some of the main features include:

  • Use boolean operators to fine-tune queries
  • Limit by language or country
  • Simultaneously show multiple topics in custom colours
  • Show activity as points or words
  • Advanced controls enable you to customise the display
  • Display for broadcast, print, or embed online
  • All maps are fully interactive – zoom in and scroll around
  • Output as a map, or also include top tweets and a graph
  • Up to 7 days of data available

There are a number of controls (listed below) which allow you to filter the results in many ways such as by location, time and with boolean queries.

Manage your visualisations page

This page lists all your visualisations, with buttons to Edit, Clone and Delete them.

The Clone function is a great feature that creates an identical visualisation, including all colours, map views, filters and queries. This is very useful if you would like to set up templates for map views that you use frequently, for instance of particular countries or regions.

To create a new visualisation, click the New Visualisation button.

Visualisation start page

You can create an initial visualisation by using the following filters.

  • Query – You can use boolean queries (eg OR, and Proximity to fine-tune your searches. Click here to see what boolean operators are available.
  • Dates – You can filter using preset timeframes, such as the last 12 hours, or use the Custom option to select your own start and end time. Please note that times are in UTC.

Click Visualise to create the visualisation. The visualisation preview and editing interface will then load.

Visualisation editing interface

The visualisation interface shows a preview of a combination visualisation, with a sidebar on the right that has all the editing controls.

A combination visualisation has three elements

  • Map (top left)
  • Top tweets (top right)
  • Chart (bottom)

You can retract the sidebar by clicking the arrow that it is just to the left of the Data button.

Hover over the image below to see each section highlighted.

The visualisation will start displaying straight away. While you edit the visualisation you may find it easier to pause the visualisation by clicking the pause button in the middle of the bottom of the screen.

Whenever you would like to share, publish or export the visualisation, click the Share button and you will have various options.

  • Map only: Just the map part of the visualisation
  • Combination: This features the map, top tweets and chart

Both the Map only and Combination options are available to embed, or within their own Page. Sample embed code is also included.

The Data section opens a lightbox which enables you to edit any aspects that affect the data used in the visualisation. This includes the query, adding additional topics, and changing the timeframe.

  • Topic: Here you can edit your original query using boolean operators
  • Add Topic: Click this to add another topic, and click the waste basket icon to remove a topic
  • Timeframe: You can change the timeframe to various preset options, or select Custom to set custom start and end times
  • Interval*: Controls how long each step in the animation should be.
  • Decay*: Controls the number of intervals over which to decay the visualisation. Larger values will make the animation smoother.
  • Country: Select if you want to limit tweets just to one country. You can then also limit by States within a country.
  • Language: Select if you want to limit tweets just to one language

More advanced settings are marked with an asterisk*

If you make any edits in the Data lightbox, click Update for those to take effect.

To change the colour of any points on the map, click the colour box of the topic that you wish to alter.

To change the background of the map, click the layers button in the top left of the map.

You can then select a different map style.

Remember to Save a visualisation to push the changes you have made to the published visualisation

Within the Points section there are the following settings.

  • Type: By default the points are displayed as circles, but you can also displays as Words. Note that the words that are displayed are the Topic Titles rather than the Topic Queries. Also note, that the Blur should be changed to 0% if selecting Words
  • Size Range: The minimum and maximum radius of the points
  • Blur: The amount of blue to apply to each point
  • Opacity Range: The minimum and maximum opacity used to draw a single point.

Within the Animation section there are the following settings.

  • Speed: The default speed to display the animation. The viewer is also able to adjust the speed of the published version.
  • End Dwell: How long to wait when you get to the end of the animation

Within the Legend section there are the following settings.

  • Show: This adds a Legend to the visualisation. The Legend displays the Topic Titles rather than the Topic Queries. By default the colour of the title is the colour used for that topic. There is also a Key Legend option. See below for more details.
  • Animate: Animate the legend based upon the total volume of tweets shown
  • Key Legend: This shows the colour of the Topic as a circle, and the Topic Title in dark grey letters.
  • Show estimate: This adds an estimate of the number of tweets for that topic to the Legend.
  • Font Size: This changes the size of the font used for the Legend.

Changes made to the Points, Animation and Legend sections appear in the edit screen in real-time, but need to be saved to be updated in the published visualisation.

Within the Misc section there are the following settings.

  • Title: This is an optional title displayed on the Page once it is saved and shared. If using this also select the Show Title option below.
  • Description: This is an optional description displayed on the Page once it is saved and shared.
  • Tweet width: This allows you to change the width of the tweets within the combination view.
  • Show Title: Select this if you wish to show the title in the page, as described above.
  • Hide Top Tweets: This allows you to not display the top tweets from the combination view.

Within the Top Tweets section you can remove individual tweets or all tweets from a particular account.

  • To remove an individual tweet, click the left button above a tweet
  • To remove all tweets from a particular account, click the right button above a tweet

Below are FAQs about the main Trendsmap visualisation tool features, and at the bottom of the page are FAQs about billing and general company information.

What boolean operators can be used in queries?

All boolean operators are listed below.

Operator Example Description
AND bacon eggs Finds tweets that mention both bacon and eggs. Please note that AND is implied so should not be entered.
OR bacon OR eggs Finds tweets that mention either bacon or eggs.
NOT bacon NOT eggs Finds tweets that mention bacon, but not eggs.
Quotes “bacon sandwich” Finds tweets that mention the exact phrase bacon sandwich. Note that these should be straight (not curly) quotes, and that these can often become corrupted when copied from email or messaging software.
Brackets (bacon OR sausage) eggs Finds tweets that mention both bacon and eggs, or both sausage and eggs.
Proximity “bacon eggs”~3 Finds tweets that mention both bacon and eggs within 3 words of each other. This operator (~) is called a tilde.
Near bacon NEAR/2 eggs Finds tweets that mention bacon within 2 words of eggs.
Wildcard bacon cook* Finds tweets that mention bacon and words that start with cook (eg cook, cooking, cooks). Note that wildcards can also be used on their own in place of whole words.
Country bacon country:au Finds tweets that mention bacon from people in Australia. This uses ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes, eg gb,us,ca,es.
Language bacon language:en Finds tweets that mention bacon which are written in English. This uses ISO 639-1 language codes, eg en,es,de,fr,pt.
Field-start ^bacon Finds tweets that mention bacon as the first word of the tweet.
Field end bacon$ Finds tweets that mention bacon as the last word of the tweet.
Quorum matching “I love bacon in the morning”/2 Finds tweets that mention at least 2 of the words within that phrase.
Strict order bacon << eggs Finds tweets that mention bacon and eggs, and where bacon appears before eggs.

Other notes:

  • Queries are not case sensitive. For example Bacon will return the same results as bacon.
  • Always ensure you have the same amount of open and close brackets and that there are not any trailing OR or NOT at the end of queries, or just prior to a parenthesis, as this will cause the query to fail.
  • Words with a ‘-‘ in them must have a double quotes around them
  • Hashtags and usernames can be entered as is, eg #trending and @trendsmap
  • Example will not also match #example and @example. These need to be entered individually.
I get an error message and the visualisation doesn’t load

If you get an error message that says “Sorry, there was a problem loading the data, please try again later”, this could mean that the query or queries you have entered are too large.

This means that the data that needs to be processed takes longer than your web browser waits by default, and effectively causes it to “time out”.

We are continually working to increase the speed of our systems, but it also depends on an individual’s browser and network settings.

In the first step, please save the visualisation you are having issues with, and contact us (support@trendsmap.com), including the url of the visualisation, so that we can better understand the issue and recommend a solution.

In the meantime you can also try to reduce the volume of data that is processed. Some options include:

  • Reduce the timeframe
  • Change the query or queries
  • Limit to a particular country or state
  • Increase minimum tweets from 1
How can I embed a visualisation in my website?

Visualisations created with our visualisation tool can be embedded with standard iframe code.

Note: You will need to change the url in the src= section, and you can change the width and height to fit in your page. You should also set your visualisation to be the same dimensions in the visualisation creator tool.
<iframe style="overflow: hidden; width: 600px; height: 300px;border: none; scrolling: no;" src="https://www.trendsmap.com/v/LgL8" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"></iframe>

How can I create an animated GIF of a visualisation?

To create an animated GIF, such as the one below, this is the process we use, using programs on a Mac.

Part 1 – Using Quicktime

a) File > New Screen Recording.
b) Click the red record button
c) Click to record full screen, or drag to choose a certain area
d) Escape, then press stop to stop the recording
e) Edit > Trim to cut out anything from the start or end
f) Save file (saves as .MOV)

Part 2 – Using GIF Brewery

a) Open the .MOV file you have just created in GIF Brewery
b) Click GIF Properties
c) Select Automatically Calculate Count & Delay
d) Select Reduce the number of colors in GIF, then select 256 colors from dropdown
e) Click Create GIF
f) Note the file size if you plan to share the file on Twitter. Twitter’s file size limit for GIFs is 5MB. If you need to reduce the size then you can Discard and trim the start (yellow triangle) and end (red triangle) points below the preview
g) If you are happy with the file size then Save file.
Can you help me to “trend”?

Trendsmap is not a tool for ‘making’ trends. It has no ability to increase your user or hashtag followers etc.

Our trends are created through complex algorithms relating to volume of tweets within geographical boundaries. They are also dependant upon what else is trending within the same area.

So if you are looking for a tool to help make your hashtag or user account ‘trend’, Trendsmap is not the tool for you.

What technology has been used to build Trendsmap?

This site has only been possible due to a number of different components. A list of many of the components & services we use are listed below.

If you have any queries regarding the development, you can contact lead developer, John Barratt via Twitter.

System Components

Javascript libraries

Services

How can we report bugs or suggest new features?

There are two ways you can offer feedback on this site, be it a feature suggestion, bug report, or whatever.

  • There is a suggestions link in the page footer, which goes to a dedicated uservoice forum for offering feedback and voting for your favourites.
  • You can also contact us here.
Can I get copies of my invoices?

You can now download pdf’s of all your invoices.

Please go to your Accounts Page which can be located by clicking on your Twitter Username in the top navigation bar.

Here you can cancel, see your subscription dates, change your primary contact or Organisation address/details, change your credit card details or send us a message.

What are my payment options?

Payments can be made with Visa and Mastercard credit cards, or through PayPal account you can also pay with PayPal, American Express and Discover.

We can offer invoicing, and other billing options for organisations wishing to purchase multiple subscriptions, or purchase Plus subscriptions a year in advance. Please contact us to arrange this.

Can I share a Trendsmap subscription with a colleague?

Trendsmap subscriptions are designed to be used by an individual signing in through their Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account.

If you require multiple subscriptions for your organisation, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss our multiple subscription discounts with you.

Is there a minimum contract period?

No.

We want to make it very flexible for you.

Your subscription to Trendsmap is automatically billed monthly or annually. You can cancel at any time.

If you cancel before the end of a billing period, you’ll retain access until that billing period is over.

How do I change from a monthly to an annual subscription?

We will be making this automated but in the changeover period, please contact us and we will organise this for you.

Can you invoice me for a subscription?

We are happy to invoice for annual Plus subscriptions however we will need to add a admin/bank transfer fee of $30 per subscription.

We can accept payment via Paypal or Master/Visa card. We do not accept payment via Check

How can I cancel my Trendsmap subscription?

You can cancel by clicking on your Twitter username in the top right navigation bar. This will take you to your accounts page.

Follow the links to cancel. If you cancel mid subscription, you will continue to have access until the end of your payment period.

Alternatively, if you contact us, we are happy to assist.

How do I get access to all Trendsmap’s Plus features?

Your first access to Trendsmap will bring you to the Home page. From here you will be able to click on words on the map and see small thumbnail images/tweets etc. To see more detail of these you will need to Register.

Once you have Registered using your favourite social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) you will immediately have full access to all Plus features. This will be for 1 week and you do not need to enter any credit card details.

 

After 1 week trial you will be asked to enter payment details:

Once payment option is selected and successfully completed you will continue to have access to all Trendsmap Plus features.

Remember, our subscriptions are automatically renewed each month so please cancel if you do not wish to renew.

Do you have any cool videos from Trendsmap showing events unfold over time?

Yes we do! Below you can see videos of some noteable events as they unfolded and were played out on Trendsmap.

You can see all Trendsmap videos on our YouTube channel and subscribe to be updated when new ones are added.

We also share a lot of visualisations on our Twitter account

10th – 25th June, 2010 – FIFA World Cup Visualisation – Group Stage


13th December, 2009 – The XFactor Finals unfolding over the UK

30th September, 2009 – Samoa Earthquake & Tsunami

When did Trendsmap first launch

The development of Trendsmap commenced in June 2009 and the site was launched in September 2009.

When we first launched, Twitter only provided global trends, (Twitter did not introduce local trends until January 2010), so one of our main objectives was to provide local trends for as many locations as we could.

Trendsmap continues to evolve as more cities, languages and features are added.

Why do I need to authorize Trendsmap to login with my Twitter account?

The reason Trendsmap needs permission for posting is so you can use retweet, favorite and reply to tweets you find within the Trendsmap interface.

We understand any concerns you may have. and appreciate there have been some unscrupulous websites that have done things like send out promotional materials on user accounts.

Trendsmap would never post content to your account without your explicit request to do so, such as you retweeting a tweet from within Trendsmap, like you would from your normal Twitter client.

We would never update your profile, send tweets on your behalf or follow new people.