During the 2009 Video Music Awards, I noticed a MTV correspondent using a web tool that highlights the popular Tweets called Tweet Tracker. Throughout the VMAs, the host would switch to the Tweet Tracker, very much like a meteorologist, and review the hottest topics on Twitter. Kayne West’s outburst on Taylor Swift ranked high on the hot topic list.
In future, I truly can see a forecaster on the evening news whose sole purpose is to give the 5 day outlook on web content. The technology will most likely not be Twitter, but as the net grows a collective consciousness, the need for an expert to give analysis of trends will be of high regard.
Below is a link to the MTV Tweet Tracker. The tracker is no longer active for the show since it ran in September, however the tracker is still functioning and tracking Twitter.