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Twitter wages war against Justin Bieber




The “wisdom of the crowd” is not always wise or witty. Sometimes, it’s just plain hormone-induced and the tweenagers over at Twitter say so. That’s the reason teen-idol Justin Bieber has been on the top of Twitter Trending Topics for like ages.

Bieber’s popularity has invaded the Twitterverse and it will be there for good, what with thousands of fans posting about him every second. Even the King of Twitter, @aplusk, could not displace the young Prince of the Twitterverse. That’s if Twitter can’t do anything about it.

So the other day, Twitter made a bit of change in their algorithm:

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. {via Mashable}

In short, if a topic is so popular that it constantly trends, Twitter will drop it from the list.

For ordinary people, there wasn’t any noticeable different on the Trending Topics — except the Bieber fans. Suddenly, no more Justin Bieber on the Trending Topics, as if Twitter put a permanent ban on the name for good.

Frustrated, thousands of tweeple requested @twitter to un-ban Bieber and allow him to trend again. All that went to deft ears. Despite that, the “wisdom of the so-called crowd” somewhat found a way around or is trying to. Instead of the real name, followers started using and/or hi-jacking hash tags — they temporarily gained traction within hours by using tags such as #pattiesson, #jayb and #LetBieberTrend.

We’re not sure who will win this battle but Bieber fans aren’t gonna give up easily. That’s until Twitter comes up with a another algo change.

Update: That didn’t take too long — jieber and twibier are trending on Twitter.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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16 Responses

  1. blitzkrieg says:

    Why do we have to put up with stupid stuff from the legions of lonely, obsessed, and emotionally unstable pre-teens and teens? It’s about time Twitter did something about that menace. If sissy girl Bieber is going to trend, then it has to be for a reason, not because the legion of morons tweet about “how much they love” Bieber.

  2. dannybuntu says:

    It’s not simply a viral trend by teens. You have to factor in the marketing push that they’re making for the kid. It’s a coordinated commercial effort that is backed by big money.

    Twitter is right in implementing the new algorithms so that the spammers can be held at bay.

    Spamming is going to be one of twitter’s long term problems.

  3. blankPixels says:

    Finally! *LOL* I tried checking the tweets on him and most were nonsense.

  4. Jam. says:

    At last!, nice move twitter!

  5. Jam. says:

    Oh look twitter!, twieber & Jieber is trending! Damn.

  6. obed says:

    i can’t relate..

  7. Teknisyan says:

    justin beiber?! is he the brother of justin timberlake? jejejej

    j/k ;)

  8. jandi says:

    hi justin bieber

  9. Tom says:

    So there is no democracy in Twitter…

  10. Fleeb says:

    I fondly remembered PCOSMachine tried helping putting out Bieber as a trending topic. :D

  11. karen says:

    there are other people dont like justin bieber
    and other like him just like me
    i really inspire hes talent
    the reason why other people dont like him is because they are just jelouse cause they dont have a great talent like justin bieber

    love ya justin

  12. RaGe Einzeln says:

    oh God -__-

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