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Trending Spam

Twitter has a feature called Trending Topics in which it tells you what some of the most popular things being written about at this moment are (i.e. Michael Jackson, Billy Mays, Iran). The problem is that if you go to see what people are actually saying about something, they are all
1) Spambots trying to link their websites by posting a bunch of trending items
2) People asking "Why is [thing] a trending topic?"
3) People misusing it hoping that you'll see their post (with the topic tacked on the end), love it, and start following their stream of mundane observations.

Here it is in practice. "Gorgeous twitter" was popular because of a Mashable post about 6 gorgeous twitter visualizations. Note how no one is talking about the actual item.

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