For quite some time, I’ve been hearing the buzz about Black Twitter and just last week, I’ve found my way over and honey, let me tell you, I’ve never had so much fun. I’ve been a member of Twitter for about 4 years, but honestly, I’ve spent more time on the site more in the past 7 days, and I owe it all to BT.
They are so active on this sub spin of Twitter. Minds as sharp as a double edged sword, and quick as a jack rabbit.
People keep asking, why does Twitter have to have Black Twitter. Well, Twitter didn’t know this would happen–it kind of just did. It’s become a very hip place–as anything associated with Black people usually does. We can’t help it. Everybody always tries to follow us. And oh, of course…the white folks have found out and are THERE….
Currently, there is a controversial study going on regarding the popularity of Black Twitter and the board has been in an uproar about it. Link: http://madamenoire.com/466423/black-twitter-studied-usc-black-twitter-isnt-happy/ Many think it’s just white folks trying to monitor Black Thought. The conversations about it have been quite humorous and thought provoking at the same time–that is, for what you can say in 140 characters.
But what does all of this really mean?
Apparently, it’s been recently discovered that Twitter’s population is overwhelmingly Black.
Why Is Twitter More Popular With Black People Than White People?
New data confirms that Twitter’s population is disproportionately black.According to Edison Research’s annual report on Twitter, black people represent 25% of Twitter users, roughly twice their share of the population in general.
Why is this? A few ideas:
- Black people (and Hispanics) aremuch more likely to access the Internet from mobile devices. Twitter is well-suited to mobile use, and its users are more engaged with the mobile Internet than the general population by a wide margin.
- More black than white celebrities are active Twitter users; Shaquille O’Neal, Oprah, 50 Cent, and P Diddy are all among the most followed accounts on Twitter. That’s great publicity for Twitter, and could be helping Twitter become more mainstream among black people.
- The median age for black Americans (according to the 2000 census) is 30 years old, a full seven years younger than for white Americans. Black people therefore make up a relatively higher percentage of the population within the most relevant age groups —Twitter is most popular amongst 25-34 year-olds.
Basically, Black people find it necessary to stay in tune with the times when they happen.
Right now, I’ve been in the middle of a fight between Amber and Real Brother on Black Twitter. What’s it all about. They are both Black. He believes in Black Power and she thinks he’s a liar and hates Black men.
It’s getting good, y’all. I’ve thrown my two cents in it.
Can’t stop the drama.
Just thought I’d let ya know what I’m up to if you don’t see me over here….