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:
Jun 2009 OMG! Black People!
Jan 2011 TheRoot: Black Twitter Bad!
May 2011 TheRoot: Black Twitter Good!
Jun 2011 Enter planking
Sep 2011 The Troy Davis conspiracy