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Over on twitter, both Charles Taylor and Sierra Leone are trending topics.

Over here, this is what we have.

Am I the only one bothered by this, at least a little?

Don't get me wrong - I would much rather that the world's problems be resolved enough that these topics would be the more prominent ones... but somehow I don't think that is what is going on here...
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why is britney still on the top of the list? Has she even done anything lately?
 
My "What's trending" is completely different and there are only 5 of them. Perhaps this is user-specific?
 
This is the extended list that you can get from search results and the Explore button.
 
Also, is "Trending" only based off of public posts? I have a very, very active stream but only 10% of the people probably post public.
 
That sounds like yesterdays list that never got refreshed.
 
TRENDING ON GOOGLE+
Nintendo
#Ubuntu
IPhone
NFL Draft
#POCKETPOEM
 
Twitter is a quick reaction system.... rapid fire in short bursts... G+ is different.... posts are born slower, but weigh more.
 
+George Kozi - I would believe that... except I've seen "rapid fire in long bursts" for some topics... like... say... Google Drive.
 
true... G+ can get "Twitterish" sometimes....
As for Mr. Taylor, one less bastard to worry about... the world is a little bit better today.
 
If i click on a trending # the posts are fairly shit no sense! so i don't go there.
 
I've noticed that whenever people post clips of the trending topics, it doesn't match mine, which makes me wonder how much of "trending" is subjective.
 
It's sad, but i guess those are the things that interest the most people. I tend to ingour it most of the time unless i see somthing that interests me eg the #championsleague as i watched the game last night and wanted to see what people were saying.

even if you start talking to people in real life about say for eg ... the elections or Iran or Syria or any other big news story you'll find that most people will shy away from the topic, whereas if you mention your favourite contestant on american idol that would spark a convo with the majority of people ... even if it doesnt interest the likes of me and you....
 
+Rowan Cota
I don't think it is subjective...
... I think it is broken.

I can get two completely different lists on two different browsers, both logged in as me.
 
+Allen Firstenberg - That actually makes me feel better, as I was sort of annoyed by the idea that they were making trending lists based on what they thought I'd want to read.
 
I think having the option to create more flexible trending lists in addition to some central one would be better than having just one, inflexible, useless to me, list.
 
+Allen Firstenberg - I agree, but if there's just going to be one list, the fact that it's broken makes me feel even less guilt for ignoring it.
 
FWIW, at this moment the topics I show as "trending" are:

Google Translate
#BaconAllTheThings
Kobe Bryant
SketchUp
The Avengers
#Truth
#SEO
#Nintendo
Zynga
#PocketPoem
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