Tracking Hot Topics in the Blogosphere

My Junto friends told me today about Blogpulse.com, which has a trend feature to show you how many bloggers are talking about certain topics over time. Here’s a two-month chart on the phrase “Google maps.”

Now someone needs to combine this buzz-measurement tools with something like Google Alerts, so that if certain keywords start getting blogged about a great deal, that I will be notified and get links to the key posts of the thought leaders. If you kick off a viral campaign and try to get bloggers to cover your topic, Blogpulse would be a great way to measure your success.

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