Twitter has finally responded to numerous accusations that it has been purposely keeping #WikiLeaks and related hashtags out of its Trending Topics list.Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner just published a post on the microblogging service’s blog that more fully outlines how Trending Topics are determined on Twitter.In essence: Twitter favors novelty over popularity. Trending Topics are “designed to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ breaking news across the world… Captur[ing] the hottest emerging topics, not just what’s most popular,” Penner writes.”Topics break into the Trends list when the volume of Tweets about that topic at a given moment dramatically increases,” she adds.From this explanation, we can infer that the reason the WikiLeaks hasn’t trended this week, despite being the most-discussed topic on Twitter at times, is because there hasn’t been a dramatic increase in the level of discussion about WikiLeaks compared to previously.It’s for that very reason that other popular topics — like, ahem, Justin Bieber — have not trended as of late, Penner says.Yet according to data pulled from Trendistic (via blogger Bubbloy), WikiLeaks discussion has spiked significantly as of late, and yet #WikiLeaks has not trended since August 26:Do you find Twitter’s explanation sufficient?
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