Frequently Asked Questions

What the Trend helps you find out what's trending on Twitter and why. We are "The front page of the real-time web™." When a new topic becomes popular on Twitter, it's listed as a "trending topic." These topics may take the form of short phrases (i.e. Michael Jackson) or hashtags (i.e. #iranelection).

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How does What the Trend work?

What the Trend provides a constantly updated list of trending topics from Twitter and allows you and thousands of other people across the world to explain, in a few short sentences, why this item is interesting or important to people right now. Sometimes, it may be a breaking news story. Sometimes it's just for fun. Either way, our users do a great job of coming up with short, accurate descriptions of why that item is popular. Our vetted descriptions are syndicated to a broad range of websites and applications. You can see WTT definitions on, in Tweetie or Twittelator for the iPhone, on Trendsmap on the web, or in many other places.

Who are What the Trend contributors?

Our contributors are people from all over the world, people, just like you, who are interested in providing a little context around what's currently trending. We're happy to have anyone and everyone contribute. The only thing we ask is that you use respectful language and don't try to SPAM or abuse the system. Doing so will get you banned.

What is a verified definition?

Verified definitions (sometimes shown in green) are definitions that an official editor or a large group of contributors have confirmed to be accurate as of the current moment. Because news and reasons why a particular word is trending can change, the definition may change too. We do our best to ensure that definitions are verified and do not become outdated.

Do I have to log in?

Nope. You can contribute anonymously. Note, however, that you won't be able to gain reputation points while anonymous. Gaining points allows greater control within the site, including WTT reputation and editing privileges.

How does voting and flagging definitions work?

Voting and flagging allow users to give feedback as to the accuracy and appropriateness of the definitions. Voting awards reputation to the other user.

This definition is good, accurate and well written.
This definition is poorly written or contains slang or out-of-place foul language.
Flag This definition contains hurtful or hateful speech or self-promotion (like a user including their username to follow).

What is reputation?

Reputation is a rough measure of trust from WTT community, measured in WTT points. We don't hand out reputation--the community does. By posting good definitions, editing other people's definitions to improve clarity, and ensuring that inappropriate posts do not clog the system, you gain points. As you gain increasing points, the system will allow you greater control and flexibility. At the high end of the spectrum, there's very little difference between a system admin and a highly-reputed editor. The way it works is as follows: When a new topic trends, write a definition. If other people like it, you get 10 reputation points for each up-vote. If people think it's wrong or inaccurate, it will be voted down, and you will lose 2 reputation points for each down-vote. Once you get more reputation points, you have the power to do additional things within the WTT community (these are subject to change):
0Vote definition up
0Mark offensive
0Vote definition down (costs 1 reputation point)
2000Edit other people's posts
5000Verify a post as accurate
10000Moderation tools

What are badges?

On top of reputation, contributors who perform some particularly cool action, you'll get a badge. It may be for being the first to define a topic correctly several times in a row, editing a definition, cleaning up spam, or something even more grandiose and exciting. Either way, it’s attached to your profile proudly showing you off as a decorated member of the WTT community.

How do I get my topic to trend?

Get people to tweet a comment including your phrase or hashtag as much as possible. The exact amount of tweets required varies by day and time, but it's safe to say it requires several thousand tweets over a relatively short period of time to make something hit the top ten Trending Topics on Twitter. Some hints:

  • Register your trend using the link at the top of the page. That way you know if someone else already is using that hashtag, and you can point people to the definition.
  • Get as many people to tweet about it as possible! Based on prior trends, giving away something for free, or doing a donation to a charity for each tweet with your hashtag are good ways to try.

Why is my account suspended?

If a user is found violating the spirit of the What the Trend community, his or her account may be temporarily suspended. If this behavior persists, the suspension will be become a permanent ban. If your account is suspended, contact for more information.

Examples of behavior which may incur suspension are listed below. This list is not all-inclusive.

  • Hateful, racist or otherwise hurtful remarks.
  • Using multiple accounts to artifically inflate reputation or point totals.
  • Posting personal information inside definitions (pin #s, user names, etc) for either yourself or directed against other users.

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