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Basque trending topics of Twitter

Luistxo Fernandez 2013/04/18 16:14


What is trending in Basque in Twitter? Twitter itself has not the answer. Although in the latest city deployment of Twitter trend locations there is Bilbao there (main Basque city), still it's not a good measure of our community. As a matter of fact, looks like Twitter only treats TT's geographically, not by language. Well, we at our company CodeSyntax built that tool for Basque:, tracking Basque trends, content and users in Twitter.

Umap worked from one year since Nov., 2010, but then it collapsed, because at the time of launch we could detect and track all Basque users of Twitter (1,100 or so at the time), but when we surpassed the 5,000 user mark (the number supported by Twitter's API), the tool was surpassed too.

Well, we rethought Umap, and the new version is based in a ranking of users (with interesting language usage stats, BTW, here you have mine). We've also improved trend detection, although unlike Twitter's TT system, we only track hashtags. We store them in an archive and using Twitter's new improved search options, we link to that moment of the past when a given term was trendy for Basques. So, on april 7th, the top trends in Basque were #tropela and #ParisRoubaix, both related to cycling, and we can link from there towards Twitter.

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