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Response to starroute (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 10:50 AM

21. I still don't understand how you can "buy" it

I understand hashtags -- I've occasionally found them to be a good way of following breaking news or the latest running joke.

I get that there are websites that will tell you the most popular current hashtags, both worldwide and in selected countries or cities.

I understand that Twitter has its own algorithms for deciding when a hashtag is "trending," based not just on popularity but on rate of increase -- and that it has been accused at times of burying certain hashtags for political reasons.

But what I don't understand is how you can "buy" a trending topic, if it's supposed to be the result of an objective algorithm. Does it mean you bribe Twitter to show it as trending even though it isn't? Does it mean you pay a third party to send out a million fake tweets and overload the system?

What's the deal?

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