Site Taps Into Twitterers' Playlists

We Are Hunted's top 99 gives different view of what's popular now
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2009 2:00 PM CDT
Site Taps Into Twitterers' Playlists
Green Day's newest album isn't getting as many listens as the band's old hit "Wake Me Up When September Ends." At least, among those who Twitter.   (AP Photo)

Are the Billboard music charts just too yesterday’s-news for you? Do you need to know which songs people are listening to the most, right this red-hot minute? Luckily, the website We Are Hunted has figured out how to mine Twitter feeds to find out what’s playing the most, and has concoted an illustrated list, reports ReadWriteWeb.

The grid of 99 songs is updated live, fueled by a “semantic engine” that checks whether Twitterers are just mentioning a song, or actually seem to be listening to it. And the list isn’t the same as the web’s most-mentioned songs: Thanks to Twitter, the Doors, Pink Floyd, and the Cure are back on the charts. (Read more Billboard charts stories.)

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