How to measure Twitter trending topics

2009 has already seen some big Twitter moments, including Michael Jackson’s death and memorial service, #iranelection, Oprah’s mainstreaming, and the race between @aplusk and @cnn to reach 1 million followers.

But how can we objectively measure and compare the scale of such things?

A little while ago I got thinking about this when a Los Angeles earthquake was being measured in tweets per second rather than using the Richter Scale.

And now here is my solution, the Magnitwude Calculator, which measures the current magnitude of tweets on any topic within any location.

Please have a fiddle. Type in a search term or select from the autocomplete list of currently trending topics, move the map around, and tell me what you think:

You can link directly to the Magnitwude Calculator at http://hitching.net/magnitwude

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  • http://www.socialgarden.de/ Michel

    hi bob, great job. i want use yor magnitude calculator on my wordpress blog.

    i have copied the html code and doesn´t work. please help.

    thanks michel

  • http://www.socialgarden.de/ Michel

    hi bob, great job. i want use yor magnitude calculator on my wordpress blog.

    i have copied the html code and doesn´t work. please help.

    thanks michel

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