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Tweeting While Black

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, August 11 2010

Agog at the sudden, exploding popularity of hashtag/micro-memes like #wordsthatleadtotrouble, Slate's Farhad Manjoo dives into the question of, well, "how black people use Twitter." Manjoo:

After watching several of these hashtags from start to finish and talking to a few researchers who've studied trends on Twitter, I've got some potential answers to these questions. Black people—specifically, young black people—do seem to use Twitter differently from everyone else on the service. They form tighter clusters on the network—they follow one another more readily, they retweet each other more often, and more of their posts are @-replies—posts directed at other users. It's this behavior, intentional or not, that gives black people—and in particular, black teenagers—the means to dominate the conversation on Twitter.

Fascinating stuff, made more so by the fact that there is, really, no such thing as "Twitter," only the perspective given to each of us based on who we follow, who follows us, and how we chose to use its tools. Each of us has our own unique Twitter, really. Just like snowflakes. Give it a read.