Identifying Trending Topics for BuzzFeed News

1 · BuzzFeed · Aug. 30, 2018, 3:41 p.m.
How does BuzzFeed know what’s trending? On every page of BuzzFeedNews.com, you’re greeted with a big red circle labelled “Trending,” followed by a list of tags for stories that are, apparently, “trending.” One might assume that the editors at BuzzFeed consult an All-Knowing Oracle who would tell them that Ariana Grande was getting a lot of buzz that day.The trending bar for BuzzFeedNews.comAnd that would be correct! Well, mostly — the Oracle isn’t really All-Knowing, but rather a combination of ...