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Why won’t “Assange” trend on Twitter?

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2140 IST (1610 GMT).

And again. Last week #wikileaks didn’t trend on Twitter and today after Wikileaks founder Assange was granted bail by a UK court, millions of tweets flourished on the micro-blogging site with the word “assange” but there was no sign whatsoever of “assange” on Twitter trending topics. Not even slightly.

In response to the allegations that Twitter was censoring wikileaks from trending topics, Twitter officially released a statement reading,

Twitter is not censoring #wikileaks, #cablegate or other related terms from the Trends list of trending topics.

Our Trends list is designed to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ breaking news from across the world, in real-time. The list is generated by an algorithm that identifies topics that are being talked about more right now than they were previously.

There’s a number of factors that may come into play when seemingly popular terms don’t make the Trends list. Sometimes topics that are popular don’t break into the Trends list because the current velocity of conversation (volume of Tweets at a given moment) isn’t greater than in previous hours and days. Sometimes topics that are genuinely popular simply aren’t widespread enough to make the list of top Trends. And, on occasion, topics just aren’t as popular as people believe.

To which I would frankly say, dear @twitter, it is pretty much clear that you are censoring assagne from the list. Well it is obviously popular right now, as of this moment. It is indeed the most breaking of the breaking of the breaking news. And then I’ve a technical backing that suggests assange got more popular right now than he (the word) was since after December 7. See the following chart from

How clear is this now?

So I ask, what excuse does Twitter has now? Because the already mentioned statement doesn’t suffice the current situation.

What say?

Update, 2155IST

See the updated chart from Trendistic.

On December 7, 1.28% of tweets carried the word “assange” and right now, 1.25% are. Compared to the older chart (top), the percentage of tweets has dramatically increased in the last thirty minutes or so. The current top trending topic is #sjwinner on Twitter (worldwide), though it is having only a meager percentage of 0.26%.


Written by rahulbhagchandani

December 14, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Posted in Twitter, Wikileaks

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“I am not a freaking cricket match”, says Twitter girl

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So it has now become a global level news story that how a woman from United States got terribly furious after her twitter account was misunderstood as the Twitter account of a cricket series. 

Her Twitter handle is @theashes and unfortunately for her, The Ashes is cricket’s greatest bilateral series – wherein England and Australia compete every twice year and the first game of the 2010-11 edition just ended today.

It was sometime day-before when cricket fans started tweeting with @theashes mentions, inquiring about the match score. Soon she tweeted the following to a touch too many users.

I am not a cricket match. Stop mentioning me and check profiles before you send messages. Its really annoying.

And when it didn’t stop, she wrote…

I AM NOT A FREAKING CRICKET MATCH!!! That means you @matywilson @zandertrego @thesummats @ atonyboffey @faz1988 and MORE

Ha ha ha! Awesome, eh?

On the other hand, her number of followers saw a steep increase and some Twitter user started tweeting with hashtag #gettheashestotheashes.

Her followers crossed the 5K mark today but the biggest twist came in when Qantas offered her a free trip to Australia and not just that, Vodafone, a prime sponsor for the Ashes, offered her a free phone so that she could continue tweeting if she came to Australia.

Tweets by Qantas, Vodafone and @theashes

And not just that, other sponsors and even individuals started offering her car trips and what not just to get her to the Ashes.

Apparently though, she wanted her boyfriend to be included in the offer!

FYI, the naming of the cricket series “The Ashes” has a history. It dates back to 1882 when Australia for the first beat England in England. Considering that, a group published this in the Brit newspaper The Sporting Times.

After this, English media tagged the next series as “the quest to regain the Ashes”. Read more about Ashes on Wikipedia.

And hence came the name “The Ashes”.

It isn’t clear if the Twitter girl @theashes is going to Australia but I’m sure people after reading this would have started looking out for twitter handles of upcoming sporting events. I am already looking out, in fact.

I am like hours late for the post – but only because I was wondering – where should I post it? My cricket blog (yes, I have a cricket blog) or the tech blog?

Then I realized, most of the cricket fans are already aware about the news so why not share it with the tech readers. And so here I am.

Follow @theashes on Twitter, follow me on Twitter (@snickedcricket) and check out my cricket blog here.

She is also selling T-shirts, buy em here.

Written by rahulbhagchandani

November 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Posted in Twitter

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