Twitter’s Trending Algorithm

twitterHow Twitter’s Trending Algorithm Picks Its Topics
December 07, 2011

Sometimes a topic that seems hot doesn’t trend, leading some to charge Twitter with censorship. But the complex algorithms that determine trending topics are intended to find what’s trending in the moment, and not what’s been around for a long time.

“It’s a curated list,” Gillespie says. “It’s a list that will never show us if something that they or their publishers had classified as adult would ever show up there.”

Everything from restaurant reviews to your friend’s baby pictures to your local news is getting served up to you by an algorithm. As much as programmers may think their algorithms will deliver objective results, those calculations may be just as biased as a real human being.


July 9, 2014

Algorithms: extending the power of the human mind

Algorithms: The Ever-Growing, All-Knowing Way Of The Future
May 14, 2012

If the Industrial Revolution was about extending the power of human muscle with inventions like the car, then the computer revolution is about extending the power of the human mind — and algorithms are the key to its success.

what would happen if Google Maps knew that you were looking for a new car. Maybe when you looked up directions to a party, it would suggest a route that passes right past a dealership.

… What worries him most is that we humans haven’t yet evolved to be as wary of algorithms as we are of used car salesmen.


Humans + Machines = Ultimate Intelligence
Andrew Fryer
4 May 2016