A few days ago I put together a list of peer-reviewed papers on Black Twitter and to complement that list here are some non-peer reviewed sources that have made it on to my reading list. I should make it clear that for the moment all I have done is group them by year (starting with the earliest mention that I can find and link back to). I have not attempted to analyse or critique any of these sources. I have also not included the 2013 mentions because there are quite a few and I haven’t finished cataloging the 2013 sources. But, even in relation to the years listed below – I make no claim as to the completeness of this list and I would gladly welcome any additions.
Choire Sicha wants to know “What Were Black People Were Talking About On Twitter Last Night?” and Nick Douglas’ friend Micah has a “Black People on Twitter Theory” – which not everyone agrees with. Meanwhile a whole lot of people get really mad because black people are tweeting the 2009 BET awards and someone sets up a virtual museum preserving these reactions.
Farhad Manjoo and the people at Slate don’t just tells us “How Black People use Twitter” – they draw us a brown Twitter bird too. Alicia Nassardeen gives brown twitter bird a makeover and Slate a dress down. Danielle Belton reminds Slate of Things That Are Not Surprising: Black People Use Twitter. Over at NPR, more questions on “How Black People May or May Not Use Twitter“.
The Root is concerned that “Twitter Trends Paint the Wrong Picture” and Belton is back to remind us that “Black People Still on Twitter!” Kyra Gaunt explores the relationship between “Black Twitter, Combating the New Jim Crow & the Power of Social Media“.
Kyra Gaunt asks “Is there such a thing as Black Twitter? Seriously?” For those who think they know the answer, you may wish to read Micheal Arceneaux who writes about “The Miseducation of Black Twitter: Why It’s Not What You Think“.
Arceneaux, M. (2012). The Miseducation of Black Twitter : Why It’s Not What You Think. Complex Tech. Retrieved November 13, 2013
Belton, D. (2010). Things That Are Not Surprising: Black People Use Twitter Black Snob. Retrieved November 15, 2013
Belton, D. (2011). Black People Still On Twitter! *Clutches Pearls*. Black Snob. Retrieved November 15, 2013
Douglas, N. (2009). Micah’s “Black People On Twitter” Theory. Too Much Nick. Retrieved November 15, 2009
Gaunt, K. (2011). Black Twitter, Combating the New Jim Crow & the Power of Social Networking. New Black Man. Retrieved November 15, 2013
Gaunt, K. (2012). Is there such a thing as Black Twitter ? Seriously? Kyraocity Retrieved November 13, 2013
Manjoo, F. (2010). How black people use Twitter. Slate. Retrieved November 13, 2013
Nassardeen, A. (2010). …oh, Slate. InnyVinny Retrieved November 15, 2013
OMG! Black People. (2009). OMG! Black People! Retrieved November 15, 2013
Sanders, S. (2010). How Black People May or May Not Use Twitter. NPR. Retrieved November 15, 2013
Sicha, C. (2009). What Were Black People Talking About on Twitter Last Night ? The Awl. Retrieved November 15, 2013
Williams, P. J. (2011). The Root: Twitter Trends Paint The Wrong Picture NPR. Retrieved November 15, 2013