Twitter Improves Trending Topics

I don’t know about you, but I’m darn tired of seeing Justin Bieber as a trending topic on Twitter at all hours of every day and night. I’m sorry if you’re a fan and I just offended you. However, if that statement bothers you then you likely need to turn off the Biebster and go outside. There’s a whole World out there, one which doesn’t revolve around the littlest pop prince.

Twitter has updated the algorithm that powers the Trending Topics feature. They have switched the focus away from what is most discussed to instead concentrate on what is “immediately popular” and “most breaking.” Twitter confirmed to Mashable that it had made updates to improve the relevancy of what is trending at any given moment.

“The new algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ breaking news from across the world. (We had previously built in this ‘emergent’ algorithm for all local trends, described below.) We think that trending topics which capture the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter are the most interesting.”

It’s about time. That’s all I’m saying. I honestly don’t care if every tween girl from here to kingdom-come is going to be the one to marry J.B. I could spend the rest of my life without ever having to see his name on the popular micro-blogging site again and die a happy man. I use Twitter to talk to people and spark conversation. However, I also use it to find out what’s hot, interesting and new. If the only thing that shows up in a search for the latest and greatest is Justin, how the hell am I ever supposed to find out what’s going on in the REAL World?

I promise you that there are no pieces of software containing Justin Bieber anywhere on our software site.