This is a post for posterity. So I can have a place to go when I want to remember the #browntwitterbird phenomenon.
There have already been some good blog posts written about it, and I don’t want to lose track, because this has been one of my favorite Twitter moments to date. So here is a roughly chronological linkology of what happened on August 11, 2010, and how #browntwitterbird happened.
It went something like this:
The original piece: “How Black People Use Twitter” on Slate.com
CaShawn (aka PrettyBrownGirl)’s explanation of the phenomenon (she was the originator of the #browntwitterbird hashtag on Twitter): “Brown Twitter Bird: Origins and Legacy” on dirtyprettythangs.com
Dr. Goddess’ response (which covers both analysis of the original article and documents some of the history of the #browntwitterbird phenom): “Why ‘They’ Don’t Understand What Black People Do On Twitter” on drgoddess.blogspot.com
Nathan Young (aka NotNathan and FakeGoldChain)’s “Counter-Point” to the Slate article: “Counter-Point: How Black People Use Twitter” on fakegoldcha.in
(I left a comment on the FakeGoldChain piece that’s linked on my Disqus.)
There was also an excellent Twitter list by MoreAndAgain that captured all the users she knew about who’d changed their avatars to any of the variations of the #browntwitterbird created by InnyVinny (and ultimately by many more people, as the phenom spread). Seeing the variety of little brown bird icons on the list page gave me delight one can really only know in that moment — sweeter because we know it’s transitory.
Those who know me know this: I LOVE Grace Jones. So when iamthenublack posted the Grace Jones Brown Twitter Bird, I went for it. This was my avatar until about 40 minutes ago:
Peace to everyone who participated, observed, eye-rolled and giggled with me through it all. And if you know of other posts that should be saved for posterity, will you let me know? I’ll add to this list in updates.
UPDATE (8/13/10): More good posts
Alicia (@InnyVinny) hooked me up today with three more save-worthy posts on the topic.
Liza Sabater (aka BlogDiva) wrote this one for her Culture Kitchen blog: “On BlackTags, Brown Birds and Racial Tourism on Twitter” on culturekitchen.com
Nicole Hollway wrote a post on her funny blog Because, Really? about how she processed the Slate article: “When April Fools comes in August [You have got to be kidding me]” on becausereally.blogspot.com
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(Some of) My Tweets on the topic:
* “How Black People Use Twitter” had an awkward title and…that bird…but the paradigm described by the CS student was interesting.+
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