This month, NewsOne presents a special exploration of Black Americans’ influence on social media, #TWEETING WHILE BLACK.
The concept of “Black Twitter” actually has a history that is years-deep. We believe that the phenomenon has its roots in Black innovation — our cultural predilection to take tools and technology and use them in ways that even their creators never imagined possible. And while for some the Black predominance on social networks like Twitter may cause consternation — and to others a shrug of indifference — the phenomenon itself is so rich and still so present that it’s worth a bit of a recap.
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Here, then, is some perspective: The history of Black Twitter, laid out in visual form:
Jan 2007 First study noticing racial divide in social networks
Jun 2009 OMG! Black People!
Oct 2009 First study of Black “over-indexing” on Twitter
Nov 2009 Twitter starts “curating” trending topics
Nov 2009 White blogger coins term “Black Twitter”?
Apr 2010 Study: Blacks represent 1/4 of Twitter users
May 2010 Gawker piece on “#thingsblackpeopledo” trend
Jul 2010 “White Flight” from Myspace to Facebook
Aug 2010 Slate article amuses some, offends others
Jan 2011 TheRoot: Black Twitter Bad!
May 2011 Yet another study. Guess what it said…
May 2011 TheRoot: Black Twitter Good!
May 2011 “Shut Up About Black Twitter Already”
Jun 2011 Study: 25% of Blacks online use Twitter
Jun 2011 Enter planking
Sep 2011 The Troy Davis conspiracy