Sources for Finding Trending Hashtags

In addition to scrolling through Twitter, here are a few sites that collect trending hashtags:

What the Trend (click on the “Trending Hashtags” tab. You don’t need a paid account to see those)

Trends Map

Have you found other ways to find trending hashtags that might interest you? Let us know in the comments!


#Trending Analysis

Now that you’ve had the opportunity to practice using Twitter and Storify, it’s time to dig in to a specific topic on Twitter and think about what that stream can tell us about the way people interact on social media. For this assignment, you will analyze the tweets using a hashtag that is trending on Twitter. You will then compose a digital essay, which will have some elements of an academic essay, on Storify.

Assignment Objectives
As a result of this assignment, students will be able to

·Evaluate Twitter as a discourse community
·Analyze the communication practices people and corporations use on Twitter and their motivations for communicating via Twitter
·Compose a critical essay that makes a scholarly argument in a digital environment, capitalizing on the affordances of new media

1. Log in to Twitter and keep an eye on the topics that are trending. (Start with Twitter’s list of what’s trending and their “Moments” tab for ideas.) Choose a trending hashtag that is interesting to you and that you believe will produce interesting points for analysis.

2. Compose an essay on Storify that analyzes the tweets that use your chosen hashtag. Your essay should make an argument about why that topic is trending and how the tweets using that hashtag are contributing to the overall popularity of the conversation. Your Storify should include
-A title (Headline)
-A thesis statement that makes a clear argument (Description)
-An introduction that provides context for understanding the hashtag (Text)
-Topic sentences that elaborate on your argument (Text)
-Example tweets that support your topic sentences (Tweets dragged and                    dropped)
-Concepts from course readings (Turkle; Jenkins; “Viral” readings) that help               you make or support your points (Text or Links)
-At least three additional items from the web that support or illustrate your                   claims (anything you can drag and drop)
-A conclusion that addresses what we can learn about Twitter or social                      media by studying the stream you chose

3. Post your Storify to your blog by Monday, Nov. 12 as a new page. (A draft of your Storify is due in class for peer review on Friday, Oct. 30.)

Here’s a great example of this assignment from a previous course.

Another useful source might be, which will show you stats about trending hashtags.

See the assignment sheet on Moodle for a list of questions you might address in your analysis.

Blog 5 POW

This week’s POW goes to Kenton’s post, “Trigger Fingers Turn to Twitter Fingers,” a clever title that he takes from a Drake song he quotes for us. Not only does Kenton’s post catch our attention right away from a summary of a rap battle, he uses that battle and the song lyrics that ensued to make important points about why this kind of fighting, trolling, and other obnoxious behavior happens on Twitter.

Drake says, “trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers” and follows two lines later saying, “I’m not the type of n**** that’ll type to n****s”. What he is saying here is how the people nowadays are to scared to confront one another and turn to the internet as a form of vigilant protection, but he is not scared. This is very true. On the internet, anyone may say whatever they want and never reap any physical consequences. Why do we feel the need to do this however? Why speak outrageously on the web, then hold solemn in public?

Kenton then answers this question with two key points. And the way he designs those points to stand out to us enhances the already excellent design of his blog. If you haven’t looked at it yet, check it out. It’s a work of art and incorporates text, visuals, and even music incredibly well. Keep up the good work, Kenton!

Blog 4 POW

The two posts of the week this week are both good examples of continuing a conversation and balancing the personal, diary-like function of a blog with its public, connected possibilities.

In her post “Is It Confidence or Fear?,” Danielle considers where we find women online and why. She shares a great video about harassment and then analyzes why women gravitate to certain online spaces:

Some women are conditioned not to share their knowledge and experiences as a result of the harassment. I believe that women feel safer on Pinterest because it is a place to find and share ideas about outfits and recipes. Many of the pins are not commented on and are pinned over and over again. On Wikipedia, or especially Reddit, your ideas are picked apart.

It would be interesting to look at Pinterest more carefully–are women doing more there than just sharing recipes? Is there a way for it to function as a knowledge-sharing source that extends beyond crafts?

Danielle also narrates her own feelings about editing wikipedia or writing a blog:

Today was my first Wikipedia edit and it was not fun. Writing a blog for someone else to read definitely not enjoyable. Why? I guess I am worried about sounded stupid or getting a bad comment on an idea.

I really like this move from the broader implications to her own personal feelings.

Matt makes a similar move in his post, “Creating History?”. In addition to drawing an epic comparison between editing Wikipedia and writing in a textbook, Matt admits that he felt nervous editing:

At face value, it seems harmless, but throughout the whole process I felt nervous and that it needed to be perfect.  At this time, the edit is still up on the Wikipedia article concerning the Area Code 513.

The great questions he asked at the end of his post also encouraged some of you to admit that you were nervous, too.

But Matt and Danielle’s posts together show us that being nervous about editing Wikipedia isn’t just a gender thing; it happened to both men and women in the class. So maybe there’s a little more to the gender divide than we’ve uncovered so far? What do you think?

Twitter Vs. Zombies

1. From the end of class Monday to the beginning of class Thursday, you must tweet at least ten times. Those ten tweets can be inside or outside of the game and can be original content or retweets of things you find interesting on Twitter.

2. A ZOMBIE can #bite (to attack) once every 30 mins. A #bite can only be sent to a player who has been active on Twitter in the last 30 mins.

3. A HUMAN can #dodge (protect yourself) once per hour and #swipe (protect someone else) once per hour.

4. When you are bitten, you have five mins to reply to the ZOMBIE with #dodge or have another player reply to you and the zombie with #swipe. A turned HUMAN must update the Twitter vs. Zombies Scoreboard by changing his/her status to ZOMBIE.

4. Update the scoreboard every time roles change.

Anatomy of an action tweet:[.@name(s)] [body of tweet with action tag #bite, #dodge, or #swipe playfully inserted] [course #tag]

Example of a bite/dodge:
@DigiWriMo attacks: “.@moocmooc I #bite you! #TvsZ
@moocmooc dodges: “.@DigiWriMo No you don’t. I have not used #dodge in an hour. #TvsZ

Example of a bite/swipe:
@DigiWriMo attacks: “.@moocmooc What’s that lump on your neck? Is that some kind of #bite? #TvsZ
@Jessifer defends: “.@DigiWriMo @moocmooc I #swipe your hungry beak. [pets @moocmooc] #TvsZ

Remember not to just start a tweet with @someone because it restricts who can view to live tweet

Feel free to tweet me (@sarah3summers) with any questions as you’re playing the game.

Instructions for Submitting your Infographic


Here’s what I would like you to do to submit your infographic.

  1. Reread the assignment and the rubric (on Moodle). Make sure you fulfill all of the criteria.
  2. Insert your infographic onto the Infographic Page on your blog. Not the blogging main page. A .pdf will probably be too large of a file. Inserting it as a .jpeg or .png will be your best option.
  3. As part of that same post, include your reflective memo as text in the post, not an attachment.
  4. Post your infographic as a .pdf in the dropbox on Moodle. I will grade and annotate this .pdf version. This also insures that if something weird happens with your blog and/or the file over break, I have another way to access your work.

Infographic Peer Review Questions

Use these questions to guide your peer review of your partner’s materials. You should write your answer as a comment to their post. You may use numbered answers or bullets if that’s easier.

Bib Board
1. Make sure that your partner has met the following requirements

  • has at least eight pins
  • uses credible sources for at least eight of the pins
  • includes at least three scholarly sources
  • has a 2-3 sentence caption for each pin

Note any requirements that the board doesn’t meet.

2. How would you rate the quality of the captions? Do they provide a clear summary of the source and describe how the source is relevant to the project? Which captions could use improvement?

3. What research (either types of research or content) seems to be missing from the board? What sources would you recommend that the writer add before submitting the final project?

4. What one, specific thing could the writer do to improve the Bib Board before submitting it?

Infographic Peer Review
1. In one or two sentences, what is your main take away from this infographic? What did you learn?

2. How did you learn that from the infographic? Which parts were easy to interpret and understand at-a-glance?

3. Which parts of the infographic are unclear or potentially misleading? Where do you, as a viewer, need more information or more context?

4. How effective is the overall design? Are there places where the infographic seems too cluttered? Colors that don’t make sense? Elements that seem to float off by themselves?

5. What are two specific things the designer can do to improve the infographic before submitting the final project?

Infographic Evaluation Questions

In your groups, answer each of these questions, finding specific examples to point out to the class. When you report out, everyone should have a chance to talk.

1. What’s the main argument in your infographic and how do you know?
2. What’s something that we can learn about approachability, transparency, or efficiency from this infographic? (Give a specific example.)
3. Where’s a specific example of one of the principles of design we discussed today? (CRAP)
4. What features of this infographic might be useful to replicate?
5. What about this infographic would you change or improve?