I am not being critical or condemning (nor am I trying to start an internet argument), but I’d really like someone to explain the @jeniscagnetti Truthful Tuesday Tumblr linked to here: http://jeniscagnetti.tumblr.com/post/1205562426/truthful-tuesday
Seriously, I don’t understand the concept of cliques on Twitter. I get that people of similar interests tend to gravitate together, I also get the ever reforming ad hoc coalitions that people tend to form around Favstar—which can change in the blink of an eye. But I don’t get the idea of cliques. I know when I started in earnest with getting involved in the whole Favstar game, I had to earn my wings. But that should be expected.
I never once got a DM or a message that was the equivalent of getting stuffed in a locker or getting pantsed in front of the cheerleaders. Although to be fair, I think most of us wouldn’t be as embarrassed by that now—especially if we are wearing groovy boxers. Sure maybe some people you have to work hard to earn a follow or they don’t star you because of “personal” reasons. But that isn’t clique behavior. There isn’t a Illuminati of Twitter or even just a John Hughes movie bully. At least that I’ve seen.
So societies do organize and do all that fancy shit some of you learned about between bong hits in undergrad, and I continued to learn between bong hits in grad school. I could throw in a lot of philosophical quotes to build my credibility, but honestly I’d have to go to the bookshelf and comb through notes. The net is this: Twitter/Favstar people are either acting in the self interest or in a small group of friends which is normal. The connotation of the word clique goes beyond a small group of friends to mean a small group of friends acting in unison to either promote themselves or, more likely, put down others. This seems excessive to me. I really, genuinely don’t see who Jeni Scagnetti is talking to. Seriously, you think some of those folks have the attention span for the meetings???
I wish I had examples from her post because I’m pretty sure most of the 450 people I interact with aren’t some kind of clique. And frankly, most of them were very welcoming once they learned “a thumb up the butt” wasn’t my daily go to joke.
That being said…. maybe I am blind to it? Maybe I do not follow the right combination of people to see the High School type behavior illustrated in @replies? I mean I certainly have witness plenty of stupid shit between people, but nothing I would consider cliquish.
So this really isn’t a dig, I swear. But I don’t get it. People are gonna like who they like, people are gonna star who they are gonna star, and if it isn’t you…fuck ‘em because a metric shit ton of people sign up for Twitter daily.
Hugs and Kisses,