The Hashtags widget shows all a graph visualization of the top trending hashtags on Twitter based on the overall dashboard query, that is, based on the terms being tracked as part of the dashboard.
One can select the widget by scrolling down to the bottom and clicking on the Hashtags widget. This adds the widget to the dashboard.
The above image represents the default view of the Hashtags widget. In this case, it shows the top trending hashtags as part of the "Covid-19 Vaccine" dashboard.
- The node size represents engagement of that hashtag, which is a mix of retweets and mentions of the hashtag.
- The proximity of nodes represents how often/seldom are hashtags used with each other.
- The tags on top represent the stakeholder types represented in the hashtags. One can click on each of the tags to apply them as a filter in the graph.
Hovering over a hashtag such as in the image above (#Remedesivir) shows us how the selected hashtag is related to other hashtags. The closer they are, the more often they are used together in tweets. One can also click on the node and move around to get a better idea of the correlation (distance) between various hashtags with regards to the selected one.
Hitting the filter icon on the left below the tags brings up a couple of options for the user to be able to modify the graph.
The options along with the defaults are as follows:
Represents the number of hashtags to display
A scrollable way to increase/decrease the number of displayed hashtags
By default, all hashtags under the dashboard topic(s) are displayed
A setting to determine how many labels are displayed
By default, 80% of the labels for nodes are displayed
A setting to determine how many links (edges) are displayed
By default, all links (edges) between nodes are displayed
A setting to select the type of graph layout the user wants
The default setting for graph is to show the hub and spoke convention followed in networks
Users can also select the Communities (groups/clusters) of hashtags they want to see or hide. They can do this by selecting the Communities tab under filter options and selecting the "Community detection" toggle button.
This shows the graph with randomized colors for various hashtags, with commonly used hashtags being in the same color group as part of a cluster.
One can even hide all clusters and display only the selected one by hitting the 'eye' icon beside the color on the left, which acts as a toggle to hide or display clusters.
To the right of the filters, are the options to:
- Display graph after selecting stakeholder tag(s) from top
- Zoom in to the graph
- Zoom out of the graph
Hitting the table icon on the top right represents the hashtag data as a table instead of a graph in the widget.
The attributes displayed are:
- Trending hashtag
- Count of the hashtag for the given time period (hour, day, week, month, year)
- Hashtag type. This could be a 'regular' hashtag which is tracked as a term across Symplur, a 'chat' hashtag or a hashtag for an ongoing or previous 'conference'. Unassigned type means it is a novel hashtags that isn't a tracked term in Symplur.
- Tracking parameter - whether the hashtag is being tracked or not. Usually, a hashtag which has an assigned type will also be tracked as a term in Symplur.
Hitting the gear option on the top right of the widget displays widget options available to you. These are usually standard for eery widget.
There are four options for the Hashtags Widget:
- Export as CSV - This generates a downloadable CSV file on the user's device
- API Query - This generates the query hit by Symplur Signals for the given dashboard. A sample API request is shon below.
- Refresh - Refreshes the widget
- Remove - Removes the widget from the dashboard.