Twitter does have some very strange Trends. These are the things that appear on the right-hand side of the page that show what people are talking about. They more they talk, the more likely it is that something will get listed. More often than not they are about celebrities such as Justin Bieber.
But today’s Worldwide Trends was particularly unusual.
#ThingsStrongerThanTheKenyaShilling was right up there near the top.
As the graph here shows, the shilling has taken a heavy beating since the Lehman Brother collapse. This is one reason for the Twitter outburst. ”Kenyans are getting fed up,” said @oreo_junkie, whose Twitter feed states it is from Nairobi.
And judging by some of the other “answers” to the trendline, it is not a matter for levity in Kenya. “Government’s resolve to fight Corruption” was one; ”Stupidity of Kenyans to reelect the same MPs” was another.
But other Tweeters are taking advantage of the trend to broaden the answers out. Chances that “Jerry Springer weds Oprah Winfrey” is apparently stronger than the shilling, as is “Arsenal’s chances of winning the League, Champions League and the FA Cup”.