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TrendSpottr

Internet Search Trend Monitor


Tiny
Published 04/09/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

TrendSpottr is an online trend tracker that reveals what content and topics are popular right now. The user can begin by browsing a list of popular topics and popular searches. A search bar is built into the site so users can explore specific topics. The application breaks down the search results into categories. The top of the page includes popular headlines and images, with trending #tags and sources below. A status bar reveals the trending strength of the specific item along with a snippet of content (for articles). The user can access the content’s original source or click the red plus icon to view recent posts related to that item. An advanced search is offered that lets the user filter by location and/or Facebook and Twitter networks.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

TrendSpottr was founded in January of 2011. The application was designed to give internet users an easy way to monitor online trends. Most users really appreciate the function and features included with TrendSpottr. The only notable complaint was the limited sources the application relies on. Some users would like to see expanded sources, which could increase the overall value of the application and its search results.

What are the differences to other apps?

TrendSpottr works much like a search engine, but reveals far more information to the user. Any visitor can search and explore content trends. The user can see current popular topics and searches or hone in on a specific set of keywords. The application can help website owners and bloggers find articles and issues that are popular and assist marketers and others as they see what markets are focused on. The service has many uses and provides more detail than the typical search engine.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

TrendSpottr offers a professional interface and clean layout dressed in blue and black. The design works well, given the number of ways it can be used. Casual users can explore topics of interest to see what’s popular just as easily as a professional can check up on products or market related content. There is no clutter and the user isn’t assaulted by advertisements, which is a very good thing that keeps the experience enjoyable.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can begin searching for trends by clicking the yellow “Try It Now” button along the right side of the TrendSpottr homepage (inside the blue header). Doing so takes the user right to the search area. TrendSpottr does not offer a registration option at this time. Although the ability to save or access a search history might be nice, it isn’t necessary to make TrendSpottr appealing and useful.

What does it cost to use the application?

TrendSpottr is available to everyone for free. There are no fees and the user doesn’t have to commit to a subscription or make any purchases. The site includes minimal advertisements as well (although there are some present). This is a great combination that makes TrendSpottr user friendly and a valuable tool for professionals and casual visitors. The site offers access to all of its search tools and results at no cost.

Who would you recommend the application to?

TrendSpottr is a great resource for anyone who needs to track a topic. The application can also offer an interesting way to explore topics of interest for casual users. The service shows a variety of results, sorted by type. Users can also see trend strength to view the most popular content. A search is available as well as a list of popular search trends to help the user get started.

  • Browse trending searches and topics
  • Search for specific topics to view trends
  • Read recent updates based on a content item
  • See trend strength status bars for content
  • Advance search provides additional filter options


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