When Twitter is the Trending Topic

I will openly admit way at the top here that my use of Twitter-based on statistics is not the norm. More than 70% of Twitter’s users still go to the Twitter home page to post and read.  Me, depending upon where I am and what is going on I will use any combination of TweetDeck, Twitterfon for iPhone, UberTwitter for BlackBerry and the occasional Twitteriffic on iPhone (btw, I will be downloading TweetDeck for iPhone today and may try a product review).

The one place I tend not to interact with Twitter is on twitter.com.

Generally, I don’t think I am missing much of the experience–except for the trending topics on the right hand side.

Its an interesting collection of items there…three topics tied directly to the Iranian elections and resulting up-rise-fueled by Twitter. In fact CBS News reported at one point the Obama administration asked Twitter to delay scheduled maintenance to allow direct communication with those in the uprising.

Today being the day that iPhone 3.0 rolls live, there is a trending topic for iPhone, ATT and for the inner geek in all of us, OS3.

As mentioned above, TweetDeck put out its iPhone version last night (will try to get to a review today) so that is a trending topic.  The #haveyouever seems to be a continuation of a Twitter type game–#3wordsaftersex etc.  Harmless, kind of fun.

Then there is #140conf.  Who knows what this one is?

The 140 Character Conference is a gathering I think into the high hundreds, if not 1000’s in NYC to talk about Twitter. OK.  Participants paid $1000 a head to talk about Twitter. OK, its their money.

But now, while everyone is talking about Twitter, they are busy on Twitter-because that’s how to get into a trending topic-to have people update with a #(hash tag).  If enough people use the # for their posts, you crack the trending topic list.  So, for chatter our of Iran check #mousavi or #tehran (go to Twitter search and enter the hash tag).

Some of it is relevant, some of it is crap, much of it is RT (that’s re-tweet) from others but it has a purpose.

But I am not sure I get why folks spent what is a lot of money in this economy, to come to NYC-which is not a cheap trip to talk about Twitter, and then spend enough time on Twitter to make it a trending topic.

Its the day when Twitter itself is the trending topic I suppose-at least to 140 characters with very active fingers.

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