> Taylor, I have two questions; I thought you answered them in the original
> thread, but could not find them.
> 1.  How are "popular" tweets defined? Tweets from accounts with lots of
> followers, or tweets that have been retweeted the most, or what?

from taylor's e-mail:

 With this new project, we want to make real-time search even more valuable
> by surfacing the best tweets about a particular topic, by considering
> recency, but also the interactions on a tweet. This means analyzing the
> author's profile, as well as the number times the tweet has been retweeted,
> favorited, replied, and more. It's an evolving algorithm that we'll be
> iterating on & tuning until practically the end of time.

hope that helps.

> 2. And that leads to : you mention having a metadata point for number of
> times the tweet has been retweeted. Is that as in hitting the "Retweet"
> button only, or will copying and pasting, editing and adding value also
> count? If I retweet you, and 3 of my followers retweet that, with the
> retweet button I get no credit and don't even know it has happened unless I
> go into the website.  Having a retweets field which only counts the RT
> button will further entrench this feature which is very damaging to the
> sense of community and way a lot of people use twitter (certainly over
> here).

i'm pretty sure its native RTs only, right now.

Raffi Krikorian
Twitter Platform Team

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