Something To Like About Twitter: It Killed Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber. Photo: Kevin Aranibar (CC)

Justin Bieber. Photo: Kevin Aranibar (CC)

For those of you who have a love-hate (or just a plain hate) relationship with Twitter, maybe this will help you feel better: they’ve killed Justin Bieber, reported in the Village Voice:

Death, taxes and Justin Bieber trending on Twitter, right? Not any more, according to Mashable who are reporting that the 140-character empire has shifted its trending topics algorithm to favor what’s “most breaking” and “immediately popular.”

The tech blog confirmed that “on Wednesday [Twitter] made updates to improve the relevancy of trending topics. In the past, trending topics were dominated by consistently popular items (e.g. Justin Bieber) with little regard as to what was ‘hot’ at any given moment.”

But isn’t Bieber is hot at every moment?

The official Twitter explanation goes like this:

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.

But Bieber fans stay crying

[continues n the Village Voice]

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  • BieberFan :)

    Twitter is a jerk. They are just jealous that Justin has almost as many followers as them, they don't want to be overthrown.

  • nemoide

    Clearly I'm out of the loop. I barely know who Justin Bieber is and and I don't use Twitter. Did Twitter ban Bieber? Were his Tweets the subject of some kind of analysis? WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?

    • Spooky

      Okay, so the official story is that Twitter sic'd their roving death-squad robots on him to eliminate his posts from the internet. This culminated in a knife fight between Bieber and three of them atop Epcot Center until he lost his footing and slid off, crushing a middle aged man in a shabby Mickey suit under him. They then proceeded to torch and level the surrounding area in an effort of prevent the likes of Bieber or any other non-musical garbage from taking root amongst the native populace again, whether or not it's been successful no one can yet tell. We can only hope.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Forgive me if this is a stupid question, but I'm an adult and I've been out of the country for some time now, and who the hell is Justin Breiber

  • justagirl

    wow. every time i see this kid, he is getting bashed. i would guess that he is just another talentless american who is making men angry because their daughters are in love with him and he is making more money than they are. probably lot$ and lot$ more.
    EXHIBIT A – beiberfan :) “twitter is a jerk”.
    MY ADVICE – just leave it alone…

  • justagirl

    wow. every time i see this kid, he is getting bashed. i would guess that he is just another talentless american who is making men angry because their daughters are in love with him and he is making more money than they are. probably lot$ and lot$ more.
    EXHIBIT A – beiberfan :) “twitter is a jerk”.
    MY ADVICE – just leave it alone…

  • yahaira

    ola
    justin te quiero contratar para mi fiesta

  • yahaira

    ola
    justin te quiero contratar para mi fiesta

  • yahaira

    i loved justin breiber

  • yahaira

    i loved justin breiber

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