Twitter, not Facebook or Myspace, is the social network of choice for Prince George’s County students and many African American youths nationally, according to a story published today by my colleague Robert Samuels.
Students’ Twitter feeds don’t stop during the school day, as teens log on with smartphones to lament a boring class or to daydream about
their choice colleges. Guidance counselors, meanwhile, are more concerned about their after-hours tweets: Students pick fights, spread gossip, post sexy pictures.
A Pew Research Center study found that black teenagers were three times as likely to actively use Twitter as white or Latino teenagers.
Researchers say the social network’s popularity among black teens started with early adopters such as hip-hop artists Jay-Z and Kanye West, Samuels reported.
Samuels follows the story of 27-year-old assistant principal William Blake, who is trying to connect with his students at Henry A. Wise Jr. High School via Twitter — and to keep the conversation positive. Check it out.