OK who will join Jen's Twitter campaign tomorrow at 9am BB Time?
What's your Twitter account and how many followers do you have?
Confirmed so far:
@ryanseacrest 6,2 million followers
@JLo 5,4 million followers
@BBJLo 39,633 followers
@killatila 379 followers
IMPORTANT: tweet, retweet and ask your followers to retweet your tweet!
And tell people to trend #DanceAgain TOMORROW. NOT NOW. Otherwise it won't work! Twitter only picks up topics that people 'suddenly' tweet about at once.
Where Do Trends Come From?
Twitter's trending algorithm finds topics that many people suddenly tweet about at once, like new album releases, TV shows on air, celebrity deaths or political gaffes. The hot topics can also appear when many people rush to Twitter to talk about one thing, like an earthquake. But if a lot of people talk about rain, it probably won't make the list since it's a more common occurrence.
An HP Labs study found that 31 percent of trending topics come from retweets; 72 percent of those originate from around 20 major news sources mostly based in the U.S., UK and Brazil. An outlet like CNN or the BBC might tweet about a breaking story, which gets heavily retweeted until it appears in the trending list where other people continue to talk about it.
Hashtags also frequently trend if they're new and haven't been through the algorithm before. Topics can start trending, fall off the list and later reappear when a different set of users discovers the topic later on. They usually only appear for around 40 minutes at a time, but the trending list is such a prime spot for marketers that a promoted space at the top runs $120,000 per day, according to Twitter's director of revenue.
— Sara Carothers
Maybe we should start a new thread to get people's attention.