The impact African Americans have on social media is heavy. They are frequent and consistent commenters, tweeters, viewers and uploaders. Because of this habit, followers of African American celebrities or the regular African American social media population expects videos or internet activity from their peers or followers. For example, I am no celebrity, but when I see my followers, they love my post on my Instagram page. Even on Twitter, I don’t follow celebrities, but my African American population on my timeline keeps it entertaining and active.
Without the presence of African Americans on social media, social media would lose a lot real down to earth posts, comedy, or even updated information about a person, place or activity. Even neighborhood rumors or information are spread through social media mainly because of African Americans. Studies also prove that African American females from urban areas tweet and upload more Instagram pictures than a Caucasian girl from a rural area. Without African Americans, social media would be perceptibly boring.
The best part about my news feed on Facebook is that my African American friends always tend to post things during sporadic hours of the day and night. Whatever I’m doing that day or night, I can always count on my African American friends to entertain me at 1am or 1pm. That’s the luxury of social media involving African Americans, they are highly engaged and make social media that way it is today especially for kids from urban areas.
African Americans are big time Instagram users. Instagram is a photo sharing app that you can add comments and caption. Now it has become a place where you can even upload videos. It is simple and easy to use. Many celebrities have Instagram as well for a way to keep in touch with their fans.
Instagram is and not complicated and that is why many African Americans use it. Also being able to communicate through Instagram and now private message has given it so many positives over Pintrest. In my personal opinion, I feel Pintrest is much better for using at a computer. Instagram is better for mobile device. Many African Americans feel the same way because the numbers prove it. African Americans also are known for following celebs on social media websites and since Instagram is famous, I think African Americans use that particular app because their favorite people use it.
African American high school athletes love social media. It is almost a drug because it is that much of an addiction. High School athletics is dominated by social media because there is a high demend for great high school athletes. Websites social as Espn.com, rivals.com, and scout.com are amongst some of the worlds most famous websites for high school athletes.
For African Americans, this website is of importance because on these websites is where players are ranked. Ranked players in high school are a hot commodity especially since they are advertised by sponsored markets such as Under Armor, Nike and Adidas brands. High rated aAfrican American athletes use this to their advantage by building their own brand. For example, players like Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins created their own brand through social media and athletics. Others athletes who were in high school such as Dexter Strickland frequently modeled unique or rare Jordan brand shoes.
African American athletes in high school are active Twitter users and instagram users and they frequently show off their new gear because of an invite to a special game or event. To some African American athletes this is all they have. When growing up, they follow a favorite athlete and aspire to be like them one day. More than half of the time, they end up failing because being amongst the “So called elite” is rare out of the 50 states.