Vanity Fair's 'Tweethearts' Offer Narrow View of America
"From left to right: social strategist Julia Roy (31,000 followers), publicist Sarah Evans (33,000 followers), travel journalist Stefanie Michaels (1.4 million followers), actress Felicia Day (1.6 million followers), lifecaster Sarah Austin (24,000 followers), and marketer Amy Jo Martin (1.2 million followers).Here's a sampling of Some of the notable backlash directed at the magazine:
From @BlackWeb20: "@VanityFairMag #Tweethearts Are a Clear Miss . . . (via @digitalsista) #lame"
From @digitalsista: "@vanityfairmag w/articles like that you would think that there isn't a single #woc [woman of color] that isn't already a celebrity using #socialmedia." And "seriously, if @barackobama & @oprah are the models of @blcksm [black social media] then we have a huge problem to overcome in POV of diversity in #socialmedia."
From @anildash: "Vanity Fair runs fawning 'tweethearts' stories like http://bit.ly/vftwee But anyone can see black culture rules Twitter via trending topics."
First, let me say that the magazine is to be commended for connecting its established media platform to new media peers. But, I also think there was a missed opportunity to highlight how understanding the rules of new-media engagement and using tools such as Twitter can help people (and brands) go from unconnected unknowns to well-known, well-connected users with thousands, tens-of-thousands and sometimes hundreds-of-thousands of followers.
More obviously, the opportunity was also missed to show the diversity in twilebrity ranks and what they are using their status and newly attained power for.
Then I got to thinkin' who would I consider my twilebrity role models as I toddle my way into the Twitter game.
To that end, I have developed my list of diverse "twilebrities" to follow. I look to these role models as I work to figure out the hard parts in this new space.
- @blogdiva (8,382 followers)
- @baratunde (11,126 followers)
- @clutchmagazine (9,773 followers)
- @corvida (5,624 followers)
- @waynesutton (28,704 followers)
- @disgrasian (3,097 followers)
- @angryasianman (3,424 followers)
- @digitalsista (5,383 followers)
- @keyinfluencer (7,518 followers)
- @christinelu (12,602 followers)
- @LoriGama (5,250 followers)
- @techmama (7,951 followers)
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR|
Rochelle Valsaint is CEO of TWS The UnAgency, a full-service marketing communications that brings diverse professionals, their perspectives and industry experience to the advertising, marketing, communications and media needs of brands and businesses that understand the value of cultural and contextual relevance in this era of the changing face of America. Follow her @mcmtownhall.