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[liberationtech] Saudi Prince invests $300mn in Twitter

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Mon Dec 19 13:37:07 PST 2011

Blocked from what - Trending Topics?  Unlikely.  I'll point to this article
for what must be the 100th time:

Trending topics are an imperfect science that do not rely on volume, but
rather, velocity.  Thus, there are *numerous* topics that "should have"
trended, but did not (see also: #flotilla #iranelection, etc).

I *highly* doubt that Twitter engineers are sitting there saying "Ooh,
let's censor #Manning from the TT list."  More likely, the algorithm is
just crappy and doesn't reflect true popularity.  Or, Twitter users really
don't give a crap about politics.

On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 1:19 PM, Fran Parker <lilbambi at> wrote:

> Maybe not #Occupy or #OWS but what about #Manning? Someone told me
> recently that #Manning was being blocked. Is that possible?
> BTW: Twitter unblocked @d_seaman and apologized. And actually came back
> and said he actually got suspended twice and the second time was a glitch
> bug thing that they are working on.
> -- | @jilliancyork | tel: +1-857-891-4244 | google voice:
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