Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.


How Twitter's Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics | NPR

Laura Sydell reports, “Sometimes a topic that seems hot, like Occupy Wall Street, doesn’t appear on trending lists, leading some activists to accuse Twitter of censorship. But the secret algorithmic formula prefers stories of the moment to enduring hashtags, so it ignores topics that are popular over a long period of time.” I worked on the chart that accompanies this story. Flot graphing library for jQuery again.