‘Jeopardy!’ Sensation Matt Amodio is Not Impressed with Twitter’s ‘Trending’ Algorithm

by Thad Mitchell
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While is no longer the reigning “Jeopardy!” champion, Matt Amodio will remain a public figure for the foreseeable future.

Much like previous “Jeopardy!” record breakers Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, Amodio is now a celebrity. After dominating his competition match after match, the young doctorate student will have the limelight behind him. Also much like Jennings and Holzhauer, people are going to be paying very close attention to his social media musings. It comes with the territory of being one of the best “Jeopardy!” contestants of all time. There is no telling how many new Twitter follows he picked during his historic run and he probably has a few more Facebook friends as well. It all seems to suit the modest Amodio, who keeps his ego in check — if he even has one. His humble approach to the “Jeopardy!” game is a big reason he was able to win over the enormous fan base of the show.

Case and point were made yesterday when the “Jeopardy!” champ took to social media to share his thoughts on Twitter’s factors for determining what is “trending” and what is not. Perhaps not the biggest sports fan, Amodio jokingly questions why the entire list of trending topics is full of sporting events. It’s actually not an unusual phenomenon on a Sunday afternoon when the day’s NFL lineup takes center stage. Amodio fires off a series of tweets about the social media site’s “trending” algorithm.

“Why is there a Sports trending list when we have a trending list?” he says in the first tweet.

“At least number 26 isn’t sports currently,” he adds in a follow-up post.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Ends Historic Streak Last Week

Amodio later points out that the top 30 trending topics on Twitter are all sports-related.

“Nope the top 30 is all sports again now,” he says.

Now that Sunday has turned into Monday — perhaps the Twitter trenders will include more than just sports. That would seemingly make Amodio a happy guy.

Amodio put “Jeopardy!” fans on high alert as he blazed through the competition for 38 straight episodes. His number of consecutive wins, 38, ranks second only to Ken Jennings, who famously won 74 straight games in 2004. Through his reign as “Jeopardy!” champions, he racked up well over $1.5 million.

Amodio’s record-breaking winning streak came to a shocking conclusion last week. On Monday’s “Jeopardy!” episode he was defeated by a fellow contestant. That contestant, Jonathan Fisher, now has a streak of his own currently taking place with five straight wins.

“Jeopardy!” fans have likely not seen the last of Matt Amodio. He’s expected to participate in next year’s Tournament of Champions, where he might meet Fisher once again on the game show battlefield.

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