Today, I took some time to look at a few of the many RT’s that I issue out into Asylum’s Twitter stream. By doing this I sought to understand a bit exactly
what makes me RT Black Bloggers, and possibly give others an understanding of how they could generate more popular content. So, this is a list that I’ve composed based on my years presenting Owl’s Asylum on Black Twitter.
1. Be Passionate – Emotion is the essence of life. Without it, we would forlorn the working hours and possibly increase the rate of suicide. The more dynamic the element, the sentiment, the more people are willing to embrace it on Twitter. To be able to energize people via two-dimensional media is a gift, let alone when that is limited to 140 symbols. Black Twitter has an automatic advantage over most cultures: Black mothers that could stare at you and send a vibration through your soul that spoke in encyclopediac volumes and not say much. From my experience, passionate on Twitter ultimately means authentic and candid. As an analytical thinker, I would tell you to consider those conditions you see in front of you and not so much that which is going to take you more imagination than passion can confine it Self to.
2. Be Witty – Black Twitter is a fun place. We tend to have an interesting set of pains that ironically forms a robust sense of humor. Although Black Twitter frowns highly upon that which is forced or contrived, I suggest a fun spirit and heart felt humility in all that you update. What gets quoted in Asylum is usually that which is visceral or thoughtfully wry, but I’ve also seen very stand up comedy type lines being updated.
3. Don’t Be Pushy – Black Twitter is not the hood. You know? It is difficult to force a person into a corner in a box that everyone knows doesn’t exist physically. I’ve seen the pressuring of followers to RT updates being met with ridicule and embarrassment. Black Twitter is much more organic and closed to the structured. Those that are capable of running their timelines from behind scheduled updates typically don’t last that long. Black Twitter, once again, is the home of online authenticity and ultimately that means allowing people to choose when they want to quote you…or not.
4. Be Concise/Not Wordy – I don’t want to spend too much time transcribing “to” into “2” and “in” into “n” while playing Terminator on a mission to kill all punctuation that might prevent the update I wish to quote from being sent into the future. The idea is supposed to be the art of 140, not the art of a link to Twitlonger. Be concise. Fit it into the box with the thought in mind that someone might find this worthy of being spread to those of their following that isn’t also yours.
5. Be Informative – On that note, Black Twitter is a reflection of the Black community’s insatiable thirst for information. I will whip out my space and period killer if I find the update pregnant with information that I just have to spread to my followers. Now, this tends to be highly subjective, but it is your following, you should know what they will deem informative or not. Black Twitter typically is a diverse audience, I follow every sort from call girls to prophets on a mission to secure land. There should be room for authentic choice making even in this regard.