I ran across this article today, and I couldn’t help but be disturbed. For those who are on Twitter (we are, too. @TheThreadBlog #shamelessplug #hashtagabuse), it will be nothing new. Click your mouse if you can tell when black people start trending topics. Click it again if you notice that they are often negative, sexually charged, or bashing the opposite sex. You can read the article here.
Highlights (or lowlights) from the article:
-Black people make up 25% of Twitter’s 17 million person population
-Many trending topics on a typical day are reflective of black culture and topics
-The most popular trend one day last week was #hoodhoes; for 16 hours, users tweeted their definitions of a “hood hoe”
-Not all hashtags are negative (example: #thegame), which dominated Twitter last week.
Okay, that’s enough. I know about these hashtags all too well, and I find many of them to be stupid and a total waste of time. I just love the people who can’t even spell, but spend hours on a trending topic berating the opposite sex. Why are we so negative? Did your ex hurt you that bad? I realize that I’m probably stepping on some people’s toes. Before you get too mad at me, know that I’ve participated in some trending topics. They’re great for BET Awards shows and other events that seem to attract the black masses and their opinions. I draw the line when it comes to #hoodhoes, #youresinglebecause, #thatswhyyourmanleftyou, and anything similar. Sheesh. Some people’s bitterness and heartbreak just oozes from my computer screen. As a paranoid tweeter, I try my best not to hurt, embarrass, or offend anyone with my tweets. I realize people use Twitter for different purposes, and if you like participating in twitter topics, have at it (my timeline wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining without you…for better or worse). Here’s some advice from a wise tweeter (not me): If you’re over the age of 21, protect your tweets. Anybody and everybody (employers) shouldn’t be able to follow you and/or see your tweets. You are trying to get hired one day.
I’m not the Twitter police nor do I care to be, but these negative trends are worth noting. People, we have so much power with our tweets and have a great platform to express our thoughts and opinions. Perhaps we should stop trying to cut each other down and lift ourselves (our people) up more. This cyber civil war we keep waging on each other doesn’t help.