How Black People Use Twitter (RT @SaraCera)

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Thu, Aug 12th, 2010 13:00 by capnasty NEWS

"What explains the rise of tags like #wordsthatleadtotrouble?", asks Slate's Farhad Manjoo while looking at the latest research on race and microblogging.

"Are black people participating in these types of conversations more often than nonblacks? Are other identifiable groups starting similar kinds of hashtags, but it's only those initiated by African-Americans that are hitting the trending topics list? If that's true, what is it about the way black people use Twitter that makes their conversations so popular? Then there's the apparent segregation in these tags. While you begin to see some nonblack faces after a trending topic hits Twitter's home page, the early participants in these tags are almost all black. Does this suggest a break between blacks and nonblacks on Twitter -- that real-life segregation is being mirrored online?"

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