Black online users continue to use microblogging platform Twitter at a higher rate than their peers. While Twitter use among the overall population remained steady, more than one quarter of African-Americans online–28% to be exact–use Twitter, with 13% doing so on an average day, according to a 2012 study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
The increase in the number of African-Americans using Twitter has sparked a social revolution of sorts, fueling the establishment of “Black Twitterâ€ (or #BlackTwitter), a networked group of avid users who chime in on political, social and economic issues of the day, or moment, in real time.
While sometimes problematic, “Black Twitterâ€ is addressing race and privilege. Â Goldie Taylor, political analyst and author, shed light on the well-established online community.
“One first has to understand that one in four Twitter users is African American,â€ says Taylor. “Such a platform, including the ability to cloak one’s self in anonymity, affords space for both the profound and the pathetic.Â I am always a bit bemused with #BlackTwitter. As with any other digital segment, #BlackTwitter can be profound, pathetic and even profoundly pathetic.â€