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mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey everyone, my name is Mike and I'm the developer.

On Treendly, you can search a topic or keyword in any region and immediately get an understanding of its trend.

You can also set up alerts so that you can monitor a keyword/topic and be alerted when it begins trending.

Treendly also curates trends. Getting in early on a trend is key these days and within a few minutes, you can find a topic that is worth exploring.

Under the hood, I also try to predict how a trend will perform in the near future by using Facebook Prophet and other similar technologies. Right now we are predicting using the last 5 years of data on any topic.

Hope you like it!

mikesabat said 2 months ago:

Sales/marketing guy here. I like the idea. If you want to get more signups, be clearer about what I get if I signup. There is a huge yellow banner on the trend page, telling me it's better to signup. Use some of that space to tell me why it's better and what registered users get.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey Mike,

Nice name! I hear you. Will update that banner with more info now! =)

Thanks for the feedback!

ryan_glass said 2 months ago:

Great idea - I can see this being popular. Small heads-up on responsiveness needing fixed on tablet in portrait view.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Thanks for the feedback! I'll fix it

seapunk said 2 months ago:

Hi Mike, your service and interface remind me Exploding Topics [https://explodingtopics.com/].

Known as Trennd before and launched here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20478339

I noticed you have a related searches section with amazon queries and youtube queries.

Do you plan to display accounts/pages ranking the best for these queries?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey there,

Yes, we both find rising trends but we differ in so many ways.

First and foremost, we give our users the ability to monitor a keyword/topic over time. As a user, you can receive daily, weekly and monthly email alerts.

Secondly, you can search a keyword/topic in any country and what you search stays private to you so that you can build your own private library of trends.

Thirdly, each trend has so many related topics that we find by querying Google, Amazon, YouTube, etc that you can dive into.

And finally, we have a beta feature where the tool forecasts how a trend will likely perform in the next 6 months.

> Do you plan to display accounts/pages ranking the best for these queries?

No, but I do have another tool in the making for Amazon self publishers. I don't know if you are in that target market.

orbifold said 2 months ago:

The interest over time graph uses spline interpolation to connect the datapoints, while that might look prettier than straight lines, it is something that is strongly discouraged in a scientific / data analysis context, because the curving line does not carry meaningful information.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey there,

I agree with your analysis, actually. I'll try with straight lines and see how it looks!

Thanks for the feedback!

londons_explore said 2 months ago:

There are other more valid ways to make a curved line.

If your data points are equally spaced in time, look into 'sinc interpolation'

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Interesting, thanks!

atreyad said 2 months ago:

Do you mind pointing to some links that explain why?

dgtlmoon said 2 months ago:

Beat you by about 16 years on that one, sadly the website is not around anymore and the CSS appears to be broken..

https://web.archive.org/web/20070210013005/http://trendwatch...

check out 'blog' https://web.archive.org/web/20070501172450im_/http://trendwa...

or 'youtube' which had just 80,000 results..

https://web.archive.org/web/20070501172450im_/http://trendwa...

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Interesting, thanks for the comment!

personjerry said 2 months ago:

How is this different from Glimpse https://meetglimpse.com/ ?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

We both find rising trends but we differ in so many ways.

First and foremost, we are an actual tool you can use, not a simple newsletter.

We give our users the ability to monitor a keyword/topic over time. As a user, you can receive daily, weekly and monthly email alerts.

Secondly, you can search a keyword/topic in any country and what you search stays private to you so that you can build your own private library of trends.

Thirdly, each trend has so many related topics that we find by querying Google, Amazon, YouTube, etc that you can dive into.

And finally, we have a beta feature where the tool forecasts how a trend will likely perform in the next 6 months.

lettergram said 2 months ago:

I created something similar to be deployed on any network (internet, company, even social group):

https://hnprofile.com/

Happy to discuss with you (OP) about some things I learned along the way.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Seems cool! Your thing is specific to HN, though, right? I plan to integrate HN as a source in Treendly, too.

lettergram said 2 months ago:

The way our system works (might be similar - but Treendly looks like integrations?) is looking solely at comments. Basically, all that’s sent to our API are messages (author, comment/message, and some unique identifier). From there we use topic modeling to determine related topics, track sentiment, trends, author expertise, etc

We also have:

- https://redditprofile.com/

- https://insideropinion.com

- https://lettergram.net

Among others...

Are you (OP) planning to make this a business?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Got it, yes. Building successful SaaS products is my business =)

bastijn said 2 months ago:

So this is a bit like https://explodingtopics.com but with a different angle to find the categories and trends? I see no "world/global" option, is that on purpose?

I do like how the data is presented in the details page. In exploding topics you have to leave the site to see the same on gtrends.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello there,

Yes, we both find rising trends but we differ in so many ways.

First and foremost, we give our users the ability to monitor a keyword/topic over time. As a user, you can receive daily, weekly and monthly email alerts.

Secondly, you can search a keyword/topic in any country and what you search stays private to you so that you can build your own private library of trends.

Thirdly, each trend has so many related topics that we find by querying Google, Amazon, YouTube, etc that you can dive into.

And finally, we have a beta feature where the tool forecasts how a trend will likely perform in the next 6 months.

bastijn said 2 months ago:

Thanks for explaining. So Exploding topics as a Service and with additional features to make it a business. Can be interesting depending on how accurate your trend spotting are and how well the prediction beta feature works. Keeping track of new technology trends and competitors offerings is a healthy amount of work in any business. If a service could already take out the initial search part that could be value.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

I agree 100% that it could be a lot of value. That's what I'm going for =)

monkin said 2 months ago:

Exploding Topics has a one huge advantage. They don't require account to search and test. Maybe leave basic features for everyone to use without account?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

You actually do not require an account to see the trends in the home page. For example, https://treendly.com/trend/dalgona-coffee is free to look at at.

You do require an account to search because I'd like to understand who is searching and protect me a little bit better against bots. Also, searching has a much higher computing cost for me under the hood.

Hope it explains why I did it this way. Thanks for the comment!

framschwartz said 2 months ago:

Hey Mike, nice work with Treendly!

Noah here from https://meetglimpse.com. It looks like we're tackling a similar problem of surfacing trends, just a bit differently. I'd be super curious to hear more about how you're filtering through the noise. Fun challenge for sure!

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey Noah,

Yep, we are. Well, let me tell you - there's a lot of noise xD Most of the time it's about finding enough people talking about something, but not too much.

jefflombardjr said 2 months ago:

Really cool - I'm interested in this. Despite similar services - I like your opportunity indicator. Love the search functionality idea - but hit a bug so it took a couple of tries to get it to search.

This has potential and I hope you keep working on it. I would consider paying for it down the road if it's more mature. Also hit the free limits very quickly.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey Jeff,

Thanks for the feedback. We have no limits on all tiers regarding searches: you can search all the keywords/topic you want, for free.

The only limit we have on the free plan is the fact that you can track only 1 trend, meaning that you can receive alerts only for one trend.

The other limit we have on the free plan is regarding curated trends, because these are trends that we personally curate and are rising and I feel like $9/m is not a lot of money to get access to those opportunities.

Are you referring to any of these limits in particular?

riedel said 2 months ago:

Hi Mike, nice work! I noticed that you have some problems with UTF8 characters like German umlauts. Might want fix that: https://treendly.com/trend/Künstliche-Intelligenz?geo=DE

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello there, yes I’m aware and fixing.

Meanwhile please feel free to search in English.

Thanks for the feedback! =]

sdrothrock said 2 months ago:

I tried it out and it doesn't seem to support unicode well.

I searched for "学校" (Japanese: gakkou, school) in Japan and the results page was headed with "%E5%AD%A6%E6%A0%A1".

Additionally, the actual results weren't great; it found a 2014 movie and a handful of Amazon/Youtube searches that aren't accurate. Some of the Youtube search results weren't even Japanese, but Chinese.

Just in case I'd weirdly picked a bad word (dubious since school closings etc. are all over the news), I also tried パンくん (Japanese: pan-kun, the name of a chimpanzee who was famous for being with Shimura Ken, a recently deceased comedian), which is currently trending on Twitter.

I didn't get any trend information at all.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello there,

Yes, I'm aware of the bug. We don't support Japanese characters still. Sorry, I'll fix it as soon as I can.

Meanwhile, please give the tool a second chance by searching in English if you can.

Thanks for the feedback!

sdrothrock said 2 months ago:

Maybe remove the Japan option until you do support Japanese? It just seems to be an invitation to make yourself look bad. :/

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Yep, thanks for the feedback! =)

treyfitty said 2 months ago:

Kinda tangential: but what’s with startups naming their companies ending in vowels since 2010- especially ending in -ly? It kinda irks me but I can’t put my finger on it.

bobwaycott said 2 months ago:

It started with registering .ly domains (think bit.ly). Then it stuck for others who weren’t using a .ly domain. Same trend occurred for .io domains. There was also that trend of removing vowels.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey there,

Good observation. I personally do not spend a lot of time finding a domain, or a logo, or setting up the perfect onboarding sequence, etc..

The truth is the business can work out with whatever domain. I have another SaaS (in the e-com space) that started with the domain angage.net and now we have usecart.com - maybe if we grow we'll get cart.com

But, when you start, you don't need 99% of the things you'd think you need - and a good domain is one of them.

When I'm starting a SaaS I focus on its core features and making it profitable.

Just my 2 cents

capableweb said 2 months ago:

Tried adding a monitor for a trend with two words, got lots of matches for just one of the words that is generic. Tried then again but putting the two words in quotes, expecting it'll match the entire query instead of each one of them individually, but then encountered bug that quotes turn into %22 and trend report has no data.

Otherwise, looks like a useful service! Thanks for sharing

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Ah, thanks for this. I'll fix it right now! =)

cmauniada said 2 months ago:

A suggestion! While logged in, when you want to track a trend, it isn't clear how I can track it after I search for it.

Instead of having a dropdown list menu for choosing frequency, it would be nice to spread them out. Like a normal list, or 4 types of buttons. Or you can also add a plus button which might bring a popup asking the frequency type too.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

That's a fantastic feedback! I'm going to do that now. Thank you!

NicoJuicy said 2 months ago:

https://treendly.com/trend/Fitness?geo=FR

There's a huge uptick for fitness gear and it seems not being signalled.

All gear in France and Belgium are sold out. I'm pretty sure it's elsewhere too.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello Nico,

It depends on what you search. Just searching for "fitness" is not enough.

In fact, we did spot a trend. Look at trends like: - https://treendly.com/trend/at-home-workout?geo=FR - https://treendly.com/trend/gym-equipment-rental

You can also try searching trends directly in French (but without the special characters, please).

Thanks for commenting!

NicoJuicy said 2 months ago:

Thanks, I thought fitness would have some sort of group aggregation/hierarchy and possibly pick up niche tend underneath it.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

It does, if you look at for example, rising queries on Google. Pleasure!

ComputerGuru said 2 months ago:

Setting the correct collation in your database can’t be that hard...

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

It's not about the db collection at all unfortunately.

But, it's coming along! Thanks for the comment!

ComputerGuru said 2 months ago:

Mad props for being so positive and cheery. That can’t be easy. I probably wouldn’t be able to do it.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Thanks man! Let me tell you, it's not always like that! It's a roller coaster But, why not be positive? I get to work on something valuable and people are giving me great feedback!

And, there are definitely people out there who are in a worse situation than me, especially now with the COVID emergency.

ficklepickle said 2 months ago:

Little CSS bug in the nav bar. 770px to 1200px screen width causes a horizontal scrollbar to appear. The problematic rule is coming from bulma.css, so it might be easiest to just set div.nav-left { overflow: visible; }, that fixed it for me.

Chromium on Debian, FYI

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey there,

Thanks for the feedback! I’ll fix it ASAP

oogetyboogety said 2 months ago:

I liked this for example to watch how people are going crazy due to viral epidemiology https://treendly.com/trend/Healthcare?geo=US

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Yep, you might also like our coronavirus case study: https://treendly.com/blog/coronavirus

Thanks for commenting!

1337biz said 2 months ago:

On the website you are showing 7 trends for free. So I created an account in the assumption that I can see more for free. But when I logged in I can only see 6 for free and then you are trying to upsell me. That doesn't make sense.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

You are right, I'll give logged users the ability to see a little bit more trends =)

Thanks for the comment!

kevinyun said 2 months ago:

Hey Mike, this looks really interesting -- nice work! We're going to try it out to follow 'referral software' topics. Any tips/advice you can give us? I've already created a new Track for that keyword set.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey Kevin,

Sure, let me understand your needs a little bit more. What kind of software? Like a getrewardful.com ?

Also, feel free to connect over email: mike@rubini.solutions or Twitter: @mikerubini

_____smurf_____ said 2 months ago:

Good work!

I have few questions: 1/ How do you determine keywords/topics. Do you use any kind of clustering, or do you manually enter the labels? 2/ How do you deal with different languages? 3/ How do you deal with Spams.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey there,

Sure.

1 - Please read https://treendly.com/tech and https://treendly.com/models - those should answer this =)

2 - We are still in the process of dealing with special characters in our search. But, it's coming along! Right now you can search in pretty much all languages that do not require special chars (English, Italian, etc..).

3 - Spams? I don't understand the question

Thanks for commenting!

marian2js said 2 months ago:

The project looks very good. It would be nice a feature to modify the time range, for instance on the Covid-19 trends, Zoom is -50% over the last 30 days. It would be interesting to know the change over 2 or 3 months.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello there,

Thanks! Yes, range modifier is coming, but also please take note that -50% is the change regarding the last 30 days compared to the previous 30 days.

This year the month over month growth in the US was 3.52% which is very good. And, the average interest was only 4.85% which tells me there's still a lot of margin for growth.

https://treendly.com/trend/zoom

wolco said 2 months ago:

It seems to be incorrect in regards to zoom. Zoom interest rose 30ish percent from March 3 until today. During that time there was a 20% increase in uaers. The interest level should match levels somewhat.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello there,

Thanks for the comment. Again, here we are discussing two different things.

Interest for Zoom in the last 30 days has definitely grew and we reflect that. Take a look at https://treendly.com/trend/zoom under the "This week & month" tab.

The minus 50% is referring to the interest level of the last 30 days compared to the interest level in the previous 30 days.

Thanks for the feedback!

shireboy said 2 months ago:

Very interesting and nicely done. I could see lots of uses for this.

One possible glitch. I searched for “.net” (as in the programming framework) and got no google searches. Maybe am escaping issue there too?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey there,

Thanks a lot and thanks for the feedback. It's probably due to dot in the search query. I'll fix it! =)

saturday14 said 2 months ago:

Is this based on Google Trends? Where is the data coming from?

Interesting project, btw

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Our data relies on Google and it is based on what consumers are searching for.

Specifically, it relies on Google Trends, Google News, Google searches, Amazon searches, Twitter searches and YouTube searches (for now!)

We also have a partner for e-commerce data (usecart.com)

saturday14 said 2 months ago:

Very cool. I guess as you grow, you could get more partners and the data will keep getting more and more accurate. I wish big guys like Amazon released aggregated sales data.

How do you get access to Amazon searches, google searches etc? do you have to pay for those?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Absolutely. I don't pay to access data. All of my projects are around collecting data. I'm a master scraper ️

If you are curious, at https://rubini.solutions you can check out my other SaaS products =)

saturday14 said 2 months ago:

Just checked your list of products, very cool!

I've always wondered about building a career with scraping, but never got around to it. One reason is the legality of scraping - big sites like Craigslist have gone after (and shut down) smaller projects. I believe priceonomics (YC company) built a big business with scraping.

riku_iki said 2 months ago:

And how do you scrap Google data? They don't ban you or ask to enter "I am not robot" captcha?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

No, as I mentioned, I'm a master scraper.

saturday14 said 2 months ago:

Are you not breaking their ToS though?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Nope, everything is ok

arianestrasse said 2 months ago:

I opened the page and tried to register but got "Too many requests" message. Any reason for that?

Edit: Also, the website field doesn't accept at least some ccTLD's.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey there,

Thanks for the feedback.

Re: "Too many requests", not really but I do have some throttling in place. I'll see what's going on.

Re website field: I'm just using an HTML5 input with HTML validation (type="URL" kind of thing).

I'll fix these ASAP. Thanks for the comment!

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Updating re: "Too many requests" - it was, indeed, the strict throttling. It's now ok.

chasers said 2 months ago:

Google Trends scraper.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Yes, we do take data from Google Trends as well as other sources.

Thanks for commenting!

bobosha said 2 months ago:

Are you able to share which other sources?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Yes! It relies on Google Trends, Google News, Google searches, Amazon searches, Twitter searches and YouTube searches (for now!)

We also have a partner for e-commerce data (usecart.com)

Jemm said 2 months ago:

I don’t see Canada on the list which makes me sad eh.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Just added!

Sorry about that, I'm manually adding them one by one after I test them.

Thanks for the comment!

DeathArrow said 2 months ago:

I've got no data while searching for "javascript". Is the signal too small or does the app only cather to some niches?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Nope, it's probably just overloaded from HN.

I just updated the trend and, as you can see, it does show the data: https://treendly.com/trend/javascript?geo=US

We don't cather to any specific niche:

Thanks for the comment!

capableweb said 2 months ago:

According to the " Interest over time by search volume " graph over the last 5 years, interest/what-your-measuring seems to have decreased.

I'm my experience, but I'm probably in a bubble, more and more people are talking, interested in and using JavaScript, in the last 5 years, but again, probably biased as I'm a web developer.

Is the graph adjusted to the number of people on the planet or some other metric? Or why do you think it shows the data it's showing?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello there,

The graph is a little bit adjusted, but if you go on Google Trends, you will actually see the same trend: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=today%205-y&ge...

z3t4 said 2 months ago:

JS got an upswing with Node.JS. But was then EEE:ed.

capableweb said 2 months ago:

They entered the European Economic Area (Espacio Económico Europeo in Spanish)?

m3kw9 said 2 months ago:

How is this different from google search trends?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Google Trends is for researching things you've heard of. Treendly is to find things you haven't.

AznHisoka said 2 months ago:

Whose is your target customer? Ie what are their job titles and what are their jobs? How would your tool fit into their workflow?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello, at this point this question is hard to answer.

I've identified a lot of real customer profiles (as I call them) that can use the product and receive value.

Some of those are: e-commerces, marketers, affiliates, investors, SEO experts. If you are curious, you can read more about each of them on the homepage, in the "use cases" section.

I don't know which one of these customer profiles will benefit the most at this point. It's too soon, but time will tell.

Thank you for the comment!

AznHisoka said 2 months ago:

Nice. A lot of people have said that tools like Glimpse and ExplodingTopics are cool and fascinating but they find it hard to find a concrete use case for them. once you find that target audience, I recommend really nailing down that value proposition. Rather than rely on people trying to find a job to be done for it.

narrator said 2 months ago:

Is the data coming from Google Trends? If so, are you worried they're going to shut down your scraping at some point?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Our data relies on Google and it is based on what consumers are searching for. Specifically, it relies on Google Trends, Google News, Google searches, Amazon searches, Twitter searches and YouTube searches. We also have a partner for e-commerce data (usecart.com)

I'm not too worried. Everything that is publicly available and printed to a screen, I can take. So unless they completely shut down the service, I should be good =)

Thanks for the comment!

p2detar said 2 months ago:

A bit slow when searching, also there seems to be an issue with umlaut letters. But keep it up!

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey, yeah, it's probably overload from HN. Thanks for the feedback!

brentis said 2 months ago:

Tried to register. URL should be optional, but either way form wasnt accepting domain.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hey there, URL is optional. You are not the first one with this problem but all I'm doing is using a HTML5 input with its own validation (type=url) so not sure what's happening there.

I'll take a look. Thanks for the feedback!

_curious_ said 2 months ago:

Goodstuff Mike, thanks for making and showing Treendly!

"Proudly built nomading." i love it.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

My pleasure, and thank you for checking it out!

diimdeep said 2 months ago:

How many trends you are currently tracking? How many in total are curated trends?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello,

With Treendly, I am embracing transparency and openness by sharing our app and revenue metrics with everyone.

So, you can find that info here: https://treendly.com/open

So far, we have 1.5K trends in the db but not all are growing and rising.

Keep in mind that we track a lot more keywords/topics in order to find a rising trend.

Thanks for commenting!

diimdeep said 2 months ago:

How many keywords/topic ? BTW, seems broken https://treendly.com/trend/%D0%A4%D0%9D%D0%A0?geo=RU

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Hello, sorry I missed this comment.

A lot of keywords/topics. We don't currently support languages with special characters. Please, search in English.

kirubakaran said 2 months ago:

You're running this on a $5 server? Impressive! Thanks for making the stats open.

Your scrapers are probably expensive to run, right? They don't seem to be listed.

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saadalem said 2 months ago:

I know trennd could be the inspiration, but what is different ?

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

First and foremost, we give our users the ability to monitor a keyword/topic over time. As a user, you can receive daily, weekly and monthly email alerts.

Secondly, you can search a keyword/topic in any country and what you search stays private to you so that you can build your own private library of trends.

Thirdly, each trend has so many related topics that we find by querying Google, Amazon, YouTube, etc that you can dive into.

And finally, we have a beta feature where the tool forecasts how a trend will likely perform in the next 6 months.

Btw, I'm pretty sure that I originally launched this tool before them. I'm just revamping it now =)

supremerumham said 2 months ago:

Hi Mike, I like the YouTube search queries.

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

Thanks! It's a nice addition and we plan to add more =)

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mam2 said 2 months ago:

how does it work ? if i look for "business" i have not so much about business...

mikerubini said 2 months ago:

I'm not sure I understand the question. Can you rephrase it? Thanks for commenting!