Wait, where have I seen this before? Billboard launches new Twitter chart

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Is there no originality anymore? 

Last Saturday I had written a story about how CMChatLive.com had this nifty music chart they were doing that kept track of what music people were talking about on Twitter and then put the most-tweeted-about music in chart form and rated it from 1-10. It was interesting because the music people were talking about and tweeting about was very different than what was showing up on the regular music charts. 

CM Chat's description of their chart was pretty straightforward: 

This Country Music Chart is based and sourced entirely from Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement that detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists.  It can change even while I am putting this post up because it’s based on artist’s most tweeted about new song.  I keep my eye on the data all week long to see if there are any changes day to day.

Very cool. Jessica over at CM Chat had started playing around with the chart back in December

So guess what Billboard just announced today. 

Go ahead and take a wild guess. 

Really, their proud announcement title says it all: Billboard and Twitter Partner To Create ‘Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts’.

Oh wow, so cool and absolutely, totally original!!!

Not. 

Okay, I'm 100% certain that this is a deal that Twitter and Billboard have been cooking up for a while and they certainly didn't come up with it within the last week or two. It's really just the first line of their announcement that hits me funny. It says: New charts will be the first to use Twitter data to identify the top and emerging tracks and artists of the moment. 

Umm, not exactly true there Mr. Billboard. Maybe the first official big-money music chart doing it, but definitely not the first entity to utilize Twitter to come up with a real-time chart. Not by a long shot. 

I don't care who you are or how big you are, if you're going to pretend to be super original and the first one to do something, maybe you should actually be sure you're the first one doing it.  

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