Twitter Does Zeitgeist

I wrote my first book after seeing Google Zeitgeist eight years ago. Maybe Twitter’s first ever “Trends” will push me to get off the damn couch and finish my second.    Nah. After reviewing them, it’s clear that Twitter’s first trends release is, well, a bit predictable. But I…

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I wrote my first book after seeing Google Zeitgeist eight years ago. Maybe Twitter’s first ever “Trends” will push me to get off the damn couch and finish my second.   

Nah. After reviewing them, it’s clear that Twitter’s first trends release is, well, a bit predictable. But I am sure there is really interesting data locked behind that rather obvious facade….we just can’t see it. Yet.

Author: John Battelle

A founder of NewCo (current CEO), sovrn (Chair), Federated Media, Web 2 Summit, The Industry Standard, Wired. Author, investor, board member (Acxiom, Sovrn, NewCo), bike rider, yoga practitioner.

7 thoughts on “Twitter Does Zeitgeist”

  1. Absolutely ridiculous. #mm > #ff? WTF? Hardly have I coined GooTards, I think now it’s time for TwitTards.

    😀 nmw

    ps/btw: these lists (both Twitter + Google) are completely useless. How, for example does anyone come to the conclusion that mentioning Liverpool is a matter of sports? Did they check every tweet? LMAO! 😀

  2. John,

    This was an interesting blog post to
    read on the topic of “Twitter Trends.”

    I too am interested in finding out
    what Twitter will do with the data
    collected.

    Keep up the great work! Have a wonderful
    Holiday Season!

    ~ Ty Howard,
    Motivational Speaker, Habits Consultant, and
    Best-Selling Author: Untie the Knots(R) That Tie Up Your Life

  3. First, let’s make a resolution not to give boring annual lists airtime next year.

    Second, what more interesting analysis could Twitter do? Personally, I’d like to see a “tweeters like you” aggregation where you could explore what people with similar follow lists tweeted about.

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