Here's some research via @thepaisleyowl to help us Twitter trend. We were frantically trying to get followers to do some of these things, so here's a succint list of Twitter trending do's and don'ts! :)
1-(of course) make sure everyone is entering exactly the same text.
2-ONLY USE IT ONCE! as tempting as it is to use all 140 characters, apparently using it more than once can disqualify it for a count.
3-Don’t use twitter’s RT feature…it won’t count it! If you really want to RT, copy/paste into a new tweet.
4-Give your tweets some meat. Add in other phrases. Apparently Twitter is smarter than we think.
5-It is said that it takes 60-80 tweets per minute for something to trend. It is also suggested that if we would like to have it trend the entire hour of 1 o’ clock then we could start tweeting at about 12:30PM EST & go all the way through to 2/2:30PM.
I also found this really awesome article (I’m gonna summarize below)
-NO foul language!
-Total tweets AND number of people tweeting counts!
-It has to be either a topic that has never been popular before OR an old topic, but popular with new people! (keep this in mind when making suggestions)
-The same people saying the same things will NOT keep a topic trending.
-Twitter counts people more than tweets we need numbers!!!
Things that prevent tweets from being counted!!!!
—Do NOT do any of the things listed below! Not only will your tweets possibly NOT count towards trending topics, you could even have your Twitter account suspended:
- Adding one or more topics/hashtags to an unrelated Tweet in an attempt to gain attention in search.
- Repeatedly Tweeting the same topic/hashtag without adding value to the conversation in an attempt to get the topic trending/trending higher.
- Tweeting about each trending topic in turn in order to drive traffic to your profile, especially when mixed with advertising.
- Listing the trending topics in combination with a request to be followed.
- Tweeting about a trending topic and posting a misleading link to something unrelated.