I’ve just noticed some trending topics on Twitter are currently being labelled as “Top Tweet”. See the top three listings here for a query on the currently trending topic #celebritytwitterpasswords:
A problem with Twitter search and real-time search, has been the fact that quantity is valued over quantity. This means that the latest tweet appears, rather than the best or most relevant.
It looks like this is the latest update from Twitter as they are now starting to develop their Top Tweets algorithm to improve the quality of highlighted tweets. The Top Tweets which are appearing almost act as forum sticky posts – ensuring that the most retweeted tweets appear at the top of the list.