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21 Sites To Find Out What’s Hot Online

Ann Smarty 17-12-2008

What's Hot OnlineIs it important for you to stay informed of daily news? Do you try to always be up-to-date with what people are talking about throughout the world?


If “yes” is the answer to both of the questions, then today’s post on what’s hot online and how to spot internet hot trends is right for you!

Use meme trackers to spot daily hot trends:

  • Google Blogsearch [Broken URL Removed] that was turned into a meme tracker only a few months ago tracks memes throughout all topics and naturally has the biggest index to check.
  • Megite separates memes into categories (technology, entertainment, business, science, etc) and often publishes completely irrelevant memes in each.
  • [NO LONGER WORKS] Techmeme is the most popular technology meme tracker which is known to be the fastest to catch hot tech news.

meme tracker - what's hot on the web

Use blog search engines to spot daily hot trends:

  • Technorati Popular gives the list of top searches and top blogs (that have become hot in the past 48 hours).
  • BlogPulse key phrases allows for a “trend this” option that graphically represents the hot trend history.

Use search engines to spot daily hot trends:

  • Yahoo Buzz. Besides giving a list of the most popular terms, the service reveals the daily buzz score (i.e. “the percentage of Yahoo! users searching for that subject multiplied by a constant to make the number easier to read“) and the move (i.e. how fast this has become popular).
  • Google hottest trends gives a huge list of the most popular search terms. The best thing about the service is that it is constantly updated throughout the day.
  • MSN A-list lists daily popular headlines, top videos and movies and even most searched people and sport stories.
  • hot searches shows you its “hot searches” of the previous day. They also add their own commentary to each search term explaining what the buzz is about.
  • Top updates you on the most popular terms in general search, news search and even on most searched movies (past week). It will also show you top advancing searches (those that are the fastest to get popular).

what's hot on the web right now

Use social media sites to spot daily hot trends:

Use Twitter tools to spot daily hot trends:

  • [NO LONGER WORKS] Tweet Meme, as the domain name suggests, tracks and displays Twitter memes in a handy threaded style.
  • Twit Scoop shows “what’s hot right now” in the form of a tag cloud and the “Hot trends” list.
  • TwittUrly [NO LONGER AVAILABLE] displays hottest memes in a Digg-like style (where Tweets = Votes).

21 Sites To Find Out What's Hot Online twitturly hot

Use ecommerce sites to spot daily hot trends:

  • Amazon tag cloud shows which tags Amazon customers use to classify products.
  • EBay pulse displays popular eBay searches.

Have I missed anything? Please add your method of spotting popular internet trends!


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  1. seosoeasy
    December 26, 2008 at 5:37 am

    It seemes to be a tremendous work.I think that iam getting all my desires in this single page and thanks to everyone for posting other links and have a prosperous new year.

  2. Kimberly
    December 23, 2008 at 11:28 am has a What's Hot list for blogs (and it drills down into what's hot in almost 500 different categories too).

  3. Aggeragtor
    December 21, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Newspopl -

  4. Jesse LIebman
    December 20, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    A tremendous source for finding news. I will definitly refer to this often!

  5. Fran Magbual
    December 20, 2008 at 7:19 pm should definitely be on the list as well.

  6. Mary Ihla
    December 20, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I agree that should be on the list. I have lots of diverse interests, so Alltop is where I head for -- well, ALL the TOP info.

  7. Alternate Solutions for Macintosh
    December 20, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    What about Should be heading the list!

  8. Gerard McLean
    December 20, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Die Is that German? Shouldn't it be Das

  9. Allen
    December 20, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    obvious spam is obvious. Die

    • David Damore
      December 20, 2008 at 2:08 pm

      Spam? Really, where?

  10. gagahput3ra
    December 20, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Yeah, i think this list needs to be regarded as "perfect" :)

  11. Kathleen
    December 20, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    I don't like Alltop -- I find the lists particularly subjective in terms of the order in which sites are listed. In many subjects, the editors don't seem to know what's what.

  12. Anita Cohen-Williams
    December 20, 2008 at 1:19 pm is also an excellent blog index (not an aggregator). They have a list of the most popular keywords on their front page.

  13. Zipporah Sandler
    December 20, 2008 at 1:15 pm - for what's going on in the blogosphere

  14. Allen
    December 19, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Don't bother listing alltop because of their stupid spamming with generic names over proxy.

  15. Stu
    December 19, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    My new favorite is

  16. Joan Moore
    December 19, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    What? You left out Alltop? alltop.con

  17. Chris
    December 19, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    "trendalicious is a real-time ranking of the 100 most popular web pages as reflected by, digg, and reddit. URLs posted to those sites are collected and ranked by their total number of votes or links."

  18. rao
    December 19, 2008 at 11:51 am

    Nice list! Thank u! Keep ‘em comin’!!

  19. Inam-ur-Rehman
    December 19, 2008 at 10:50 am

    This is very useful list to find some hot topics to blog… Thank you

  20. Simon Salt
    December 19, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Great list, but you are definitely missing the best of the best out there can't recommend it enough.

  21. Gerard McLean
    December 19, 2008 at 8:59 am is my new favorite. Thanks for the others in the list.

  22. Amie
    December 19, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    You can save alot of time and energy by just using

    December 19, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Where's my favorite ... ALLTOP?


  24. Franz Figueroa
    December 19, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I think this list needs two of the best sites of the web:, and


  25. krishna@searchcorner
    December 19, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Digg and Twitter are my personal favorites here. Nice compilation of list though.

  26. Ann Smarty
    December 19, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Thank you all for your comments and nice additions! The end list is going to be huge!

  27. Kent Beatty
    December 19, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Thanks Ann, for this great list - BUT it really needs!

  28. Lisa Duhamel
    December 19, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Great list! I highly suggest for "All the topics, all the time".

  29. Rufus
    December 19, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Hey, what about This site pulls RSS feeds from almost every imaginable topic and saves DAYS of Googling. And that really cool new-comer Guy Kawasaki is spearheading this project (ranked #2 as the Most influential marketer of 2008 at )

  30. tictoc
    December 19, 2008 at 1:13 am

    wow,your great list is usefull for me! thanks for great job brother!
    that list make me update everyday

  31. Google Translate
    December 19, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Great list...was researching on this topic a couple days back and this list came right along.

  32. JustinSMV
    December 18, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    hands down the best list I seen, great effort put forth in this! How about adding ?

    • David Damore
      December 20, 2008 at 1:17 pm

      Yes, please consider That is a really great site. lists all topics and is the main homepage.

  33. Mithun
    December 18, 2008 at 11:24 pm


  34. Amy
    December 18, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Nice list! Thank u! Keep 'em comin'!

  35. anoj
    December 18, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Nice One... seems to be the best

  36. JimmyR
    December 18, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    My site is like popurls but it grabs stuff like digg best of 24 hours instead of the RSS, thepiratebay, mininova...

  37. Nestor
    December 18, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I'll suggest boardreader (

    Thanks for the compilation

  38. Steave
    December 18, 2008 at 10:57 am

    great timing. i was just searching the other day for these kind of sites...

  39. Teddy
    December 18, 2008 at 10:35 am

    My favorite is
    It is awesome...

  40. mgroves
    December 18, 2008 at 10:27 am - it's how I found this article. It combines a lot of the "most popular" feeds from news aggregaters and finds the most popular overlapping links.

  41. ananon
    December 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    PopURLS is great.. but it's part of a whole popular network
    TechNews =
    what's hot by the hour, 24hour, and 72hour =

    And My Favorite, Aggregating Digg, Reddit, Delicious, Hacker News, and Yahoo Buzz

    • ananon
      December 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm

      that was

    • Mike Shields
      December 20, 2008 at 1:17 pm

      Is there a site that does this?

  42. Combat Nerd
    December 18, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Google Zeitgeist offers a good overview of searches for multiples countries during the year (not daily though...):

  43. JJ
    December 18, 2008 at 7:34 am

    a couple of nice search aggregators you missed: and

  44. DK
    December 18, 2008 at 6:26 am

    My favorite is
    It is awesome

  45. QuestionThat
    December 18, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Buzzfeed -

  46. Matt Kruse
    December 18, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Two more sites to spot what's hot:

  47. gunnard
    December 18, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Great list, here is another great one.

  48. g
    December 17, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    great timing. i was just searching the other day for these kind of sites.

    once again MUO comes through!!

  49. Pavan Kumar
    December 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    This is very useful list to find some hot topics to blog... Thank you :-)