Trends on Sina Weibo vs. Twitter

From Asur, Yu,  and Huberman:

In China, the trends are created almost entirely due to retweets of media content such as jokes, images and videos, whereas on Twitter, the trends tend to have more to do with current global events and news stories.

We observed that only 4 out of the top 20 influential authors were verified accounts. (…). The other 16 influential authors are unverified accounts. They all seem to have a strong focus on collecting user-contributed jokes, movie trivia, quizzes, stories and so on. When we further inspected these accounts, we discovered that these accounts seem to operate as discussion and sharing platforms. The users who follow these accounts tend to contribute jokes or stories. Once they are posted, other followers tend to retweet them frequently.


Asur, Sitaram and Yu, Louis and Huberman, Bernardo A., What Trends in Chinese Social Media (July 18, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

#barcamp – the first hashtag ever used

#barcamp is the first hashtag ever used. It was posted by Chris Messina in a Tweet which read: ‘how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]? on 23 Aug 2007. To be precise, this was the first time a word or phrase preceded by a # sign was used in a way that we today describe as a hashtag. The term ‘hashtag’ only came to the existence 3 days later. It was first used by Stowe Boyd on 26 August 2007 in his blog post “Hash Tags = Twitter Groupings”.

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I’ve been reading recently #8

  • Zakonnice odchodzą po cichu by Marta Abramowicz
  • Młyny Boże by Jacek Leociak
  • Koronkowa Robota, Sprawa Gorgonowej by Cezary Łazarewicz
  • Król by Szczepan Twardoch
  • Morfina by Szczepan Twardoch
  • How to Write a lot by Paul Silvia
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  • The 480 by Eugene Burdick
  • Moonwalking with Einstain by Joshua Foer
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
  • The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar


I’ve been reading recently #7

  • Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
  • The Lights Remain by Alison Moore in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Nightswimming by Alex Preston in Short Fiction vol 8
  • The Castle by Robert Boucheron in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Critical State by Osama Ammar in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Il Torre Di Veriata by William Telford in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Bismillah Your Old Self by Adnan Mahmutovic in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Afterlife by Theodora Ziolkowski in Short Fiction vol 8
  • from The Hurt Country by Harriet Moore in Short Fiction vol 8
  • The Glover by Graham Mort in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Adieu, Mon Doux Rivage by Catherine McNamara in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Identity Politics by Andrew Neilson in Short Fiction vol 8
  • The American Way of Housekeeping by Mariko Nagai in Short Fiction vol 8
  • Recalculating by Deborah Eisenberg in Short Fiction vol 8

I’ve been reading recently #3

  • A Meditation upon a Broomstick by Jonathan Swift
  • A Description of a City Shower by Jonathan Swift
  • A Short View of the State of Ireland by Jonathan Swift
  • A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift
  • An Examination of Certain Abuses, Corruptions, and Enormities, in the City of Dublin by Jonathan Swift
  • Does this Meme Prove Donald Trump is a White Supremacist? by Scott Wark
  • The Surveyors by Mary Jo Salter in Ambit Magazine, Issue 226, Autumn 2016
  • The Lights Remain by Alison  Moore in Short Fiction, Issue 8
  • Waterboarding Mrs Elephant by Fridrik Solnes Jonsson in Short Fiction, Issue 10
  • Cousins by Sean Gilbert in Short Fiction, Issue 10
  • Blue Limitless Emptiness by Lania Knight in Short Fiction, Issue 10