New York: Teen idol Justin Bieber is no longer the hottest thing on Twitter.
The social networking site has confirmed that the algorithm used for their Trending Topics feature has been changed to reflect what is ‘immediately popular’.
The 16-year-old singing sensation was a remarkably constant presence on the list of most-mentioned words, phrases and tags due to his fans` frequent posts about him.
But due to recent tweaks to the site`s algorithm, ‘Bieber Fever’ is over, reports the New York Daily News.
"The new algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help people discover the ``most breaking`` breaking news from across the world. We think that trending topics which capture the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter are the most interesting," Twitter explains in a May 14 post in its Help section.
Twitter said that the algorithm is ‘very much a work in progress,’ adding that the site does not ‘block’ any topics from trending.