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All Hail The King – @JustinBieber Overtakes @LadyGaga As Twitter’s Most-Followed User

It’s been an inevitability for some time now, but Canadian teenybopper sensation Justin Bieber has finally overtaken Queen of Twitter Lady Gaga as the micro-blogging social network’s most-followed user, grabbing the crown earlier today.

I know, I know. But the deed is done. Bieber’s time-of-writing 33,323,245 followers has edged Gaga’s 33,320,260 to put him at the very top of Twitter’s elite list of power-celebrities. And, as of right now, there’s literally nobody to challenge him.

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On Her 25th Birthday, Lady Gaga Passes 9 Million Twitter Followers (But Justin Bieber Is Catching Up)

Today is Lady Gaga’s 25th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than being the first person to reach 9 million followers on Twitter? Her fans have responded by trending the #bornthisday hashtag for the past 24 hours.

Good times. Unfortunately, these happy days probably aren’t going to last forever, as Gaga’s place as Twitter’s most-popular user is under threat from Canadian pop star (and all-around social media irritant) Justin Bieber, who is now just half a million fans behind.

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Twitter Kills Off Justin Bieber

Twitter has made some long overdue changes to the algorithm for its trending topics feature, adjusting the focus to breaking news and immediacy, as opposed to things that are always trending.

The new algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help people discover the ‘most breaking’ breaking news from across the world. (We had previously built in this ‘emergent’ algorithm for all local trends, described below.) We think that trending topics which capture the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter are the most interesting.

The good news? This should mean the end of Justin Bieber, although I’ll believe it when I see it. But looking at global trending topics right now, his name isn’t in the top ten, possibly for the first time in, oh, ten to fifteen millennia.

Bieber – and his fans – are a little upset, and he’s even taken to contacting Twitter directly, who have responded.

Twitter Kills Off Justin Bieber

Twitter Responds To Justin Bieber

Could it really be true? Could the Bieber be vanquished for good? Don’t count on it – “Jieber” is trending as we speak. Clearly, the rabid insanity of teeny boppers will not be quelled so lightly.

(Hat tip to Mashable.)

Justin Bieber: I'm Bigger Than Jesus (And Lady Gaga)

In February, I wrote about the eternal presence of Justin Bieber on Twitter’s global trending topics. In the past couple of months, I’m not sure I’ve seen Bieber leave this list – he’s trending in the top ten as we speak – which once again underlines my point about the general redundancy of this feature.

Yes, Twitter has now given us the facility to set the trending topics geographically. Typically, this leads to further, albeit localised redundancy, and it also means that you’re a step or two behind when the (genuinely important) global news breaks.  And being completely honest, I don’t care how localised trending topics becomes – apart from a very casual interest, I’m never going to be that concerned about what’s buzzing in my home town, because nothing is ever buzzing in my home town. If you live in New York, you probably feel differently.

However, and whether you like it or not, Bieber is a big deal. Huge, in fact. How big? Well, according to Google Trends, he’s now bigger than Lady Gaga.

Perhaps more impressively, especially with his strong Easter showing, even Jesus couldn’t bring the Bieber down.

Justin Bieber: I'm Bigger Than Jesus (And Lady Gaga)

But here’s the thing: none of these individuals are important to me. I don’t want to see any of them in MY trending topics. Yes, it’s all about me, but it’s all about you, too. This is our experience. Not Twitter’s, and not the collective’s.

All I want are two simple things:

  1. The ability to see the trending topics of just my network (within Twitter), because I totally trust you guys, and
  2. A little X next to Justin Bieber’s name in the trending topics, which I can click, and Twitter will make him disappear, never to be seen again

And if Twitter can’t or won’t do this, maybe a developer will.