Twitter Is Having A Transformation In The Black Community
Twitter is here to stay. Twitter is having a transformation in the black community. It is in pop culture and every major story happening throughout the world. What is it about this social site where people inform the public about the updates of their lives in 150 characters or less? Better yet what is about Twitter that seems to attract black users to it that incites such a interest and significance to produce articles and studies upon. My Google research of “blacks on twitter” yielded thousands of results of new articles, and blogs. This topic has been studied and written about over a dozen times, but the topic that hasn’t been discussed is Twitter’s transformation in the black community.
“Black Twitter” has been coined by dozens of news outlets and entertainment blogs. For the sheer number of trending topics that originate from black tweeters that seem to take over the micro-blogging website. Pointed out in these voyeuristic views of Choira Sicha and Farhad Manjoo, they both raise the question, Why is Twitter so popular among black users? The Pew Research Center conducted a study in 2011 that showed 25% of Twitter users are Black compared to just 9% White users. The number has grown with the updated study showing now 28% of users are Black. The same study showed that 15% of online users were on Twitter compared to a year earlier were only 13% were on Twitter.
Twitter can be positive as with the Trayvon Martin story, Orlando Sentinel pointed out the story of Trayvon Martin initially exploded on Twitter. Many of the users received all of their information about the story on Twitter, links to news articles, and blogs drew more black Twitter users than ever to join the site. With the sensationalism of pointing out the number of black users and the mostly outrageous trending topics. Many articles written on this discovery fail to touch on the numerous number of black professionals and entrepreneurs using Twitter as a way to boost their profiles, reach out to customers, and incite others to engage in their social activism. Many of the public may not see how Twitter is affecting their community, but it is having a transformation in the black community. Continue reading