In an illustration of the socio-technical gap, people mostly consider Occupy Wall Street a trending topic, but Twitter’s algorithms mostly do not.
Amid rumors that Twitter is suppressing #occupy tags from trending, Gilad Lotan looked at data on tweets containing occupy-related terms and on occupy-related trending topics since September 25th. In Lotan’s analysis, trending topics require a spike in the rate of activity, rather than a slow and steady increase in volume. #OccupyWallStreet, in Lotan’s example, was never a trending topic in New York where the action started. Instead, it first broke through as a trending topic in Madrid.