May 17th, 2010
01:54 PM ET
Hey, Twitter: don’t start none, won’t be none.
The social network attempted to outsmart Justin Bieber fans by adjusting the algorithm for its trending topics lists, but it failed as fans quickly reassembled to figure out a new way to get their favorite pop star back on the Twitter chart.
The singer had been a trending topic – meaning he was one of the most popular things tweeted about on the popular social media forum – for months, but after tinkering with the formula on Friday, topics that were “most breaking” or “immediately popular” ranked high on the trending list, as opposed to what was most discussed.
When that happened, the singer fell off the charts completely – a move that fans of the 16-year-old didn’t take too kindly.
By Sunday, fans had tweaked his name, calling him Twieber or Jieber to get around the new algorithm change. Now he’s in two top spots on Twitter’s lists, and all is well in the world.
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