For some time now, it’s been clear that Twitter is above all, a broadcast medium. The broadcasts are in 140 character segments but it’s broadcasting none the less. Pick a news item. Okay, not any news item but any top news item. At the moment it broke out of the massive mountain of information, it trended on Twitter. Is Ashton and Demi over? Twitter shows them sending out less than cozy Tweets. Beyonce’s performance on MTV generated 8,868 Tweets per second while the rate for Michael Jackson’s death was 493. More often than not, these days, the question, “How did you learn of …,” is answered with, “Twitter.” Among the 200 million Tweets each day, 50 percent of it comes from only about 20,000 entities – not all of them are people. But somewhere between the major news items there is a lot of clutter, which is probably Trendsmap exists.
In the Twitter news world, Trendsmap is about what’s trending on Twitter, around the world. Recently, Trendsmap showed that the hot topic in Sao Paulo, Brazil was “diverticulitis.” So why diverticulitis in Brazil? A look at the Tweets behind the trend shows that Ricardo Texeira, a Brazilian soccer player was hospitalized for diverticulitis. At any given time “sleep” is trending around the world on Twitter? It seems that a lot of people Tweet about how much or little sleep they had. How tired they are and need to go to sleep. How they want to, but are unable to sleep. Most people Tweet that they are about to go to sleep. One day in London, the trending topic was #fishsongs – as in, “They called it GUPPY love,” “What if COD was one of us,” and “SOLE man,” among others. Go figure.
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