warmest 100

Warmest 100

The Triple J Hottest 100 is a pretty big deal in Australia. Known as the world’s largest musical democracy, the whole country tunes in every year on Australia day, January 26, to listen to the top 100 songs of the previous year count down. The number 1 song is always a closely guarded secret.

In 2013, I figured out how to predict the countdown, using data from social media. Together with a few friends, I created the Warmest 100 – the web’s most accurate prediction of the Hottest 100- a playable list of how we predicted the Hottest 100 would go, released a whole week before the countdown.

To many, we’d spoiled Australia day. To us, the whole thing was a big experiment.

Warmest 100

The next year, after Triple J tried put steps in place to prevent a similar prediction, by preventing users from sharing their votes on Twitter and Facebook, we found another way to predict the countdown, using Instagram and OCR (optical character recognition) technology.

The Warmest 100 has been covered extensively, and I’ve spoken about it at conferences in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, and Chicago.

Warmest 100 Of 2013

Hottest 100 cracked as Triple J outsmarted – The Sydney Morning Herald

Triple J Hottest 100 Predicted By ‘The Warmest 100’

Changes planned for triple j Hottest 100 voting – Faster Louder

All Bets Off – Did Warmest 100 End Betting On Hottest 100? – Music Feeds

Warmest 100 Of 2014

Warmest 100 is back with new bag of tricks – itNews

The Warmest 100 Spoils Australia Day Again – scenestr

Warmest 100 back to rattle triple j Hottest 100 – news.com.au