Have you ever looked at the trending topics on Twitter and thought "What the heck is #thingsmummysaid?" It seems the logical step would be to click the link, read the tweets and figure it out. Sure, sure, the spam tweets will throw you off for a moment but ultimately, you'll read "I brought you into this world & I will take you out" or "Don't be silly, Jordan, nobody in gym class will even notice they are girl panties" and you'll figure out that people are tweeting things their mother told them growing up. Right?
Maybe that's just me, though. I'm a curious gal who happens to be a little internet-addicted. I google everything. When people ask me a question about anything from pop culture to history while they are sitting in front of a computer, I get mildly annoyed. So imagine my reaction when I click a trending topic and half the tweets are "What is #80stweets?" or "Why is #bing trending?" Um… READ!
Apparently, I've been outvoted. For the lazy tweeters out there we now have a site dedicated solely to telling you why something is trending. What The Trend lists all the recent twitter trends and gives a brief explanation of what they are and why they're trending. These explanations can be edited by users.
What The Trend also features approximately when the trend began and when the most recent tweet posted. Clicking on the trend brings up a page showing the most recent tweets (something you could have done within twitter itself), any news stories about the trend (which would probably have been linked in the aforementioned tweets) and the latest related photos (which are all twitpics that could have been seen in the original stream). Granted, you do save a couple clicks but given that you had to go to a completely different site to do that negates any benefit as far as I'm concerned.
It's just lazy, I tell you. We've already gone from writing in a journal, to blogging, to micro-blogging. Now we can't even read the >140 characters of our fellow tweeters to see what a trend is about? I cry for us all.
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