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Posted by Susan Murphy

Recently I've heard rumblings around the Blogosphere and the Twitterverse that "cliques" are forming on Twitter. Cliques that are intentionally excluding people from conversations, cliques who are self-interested, existing only to promote their latest book or seminar, or just trying to be the most popular. I know the self-interested promoters exist. I unfollow them all the time. But, I have a problem with people throwing around words like "cliques" when it comes to Twitter, and other social networks, and here's why: 1) Communities are like that. I follow some 700 people. When I decide to spend some time hanging out on Twitter, I probably scan tweets from 50 to 100 people. Of those 50 to 100, I probably follow conversations of about 10. Of those 10, I probably get into conversations with about 3. Typically, I have about 20 or so people I converse with regularly on Twitter. Does that make me cliquey? No. It makes me part of a community. I couldn't possibly have conversations with everyone I meet on the street in my neighbourhood every day. I simply don't have the time. So I centre out those people who share common interests, a common sense of humour, etc. And I engage them. I'm not out to exclude anyone, I'm trying to be practical about my interactions. And so are most Twitterfolk. Click here to read more of Susan's blog.

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