A group of Latina bloggers is being honored for their contributions to social media at South by Southwest
A Pew Hispanic Center survey finds that 68% of Latinos use Facebook and Twitter versus 58% of all other internet users. For Hispanics, social media use allows them to stay connected with their culture. Some also are using social media to make social changes.
The Austin based website Las Latinitas was created so young Hispanic girls could have a place to blog and talk about the different issues they might be dealing with. The site already has a thousand Latina bloggers and 20,000 have visited their site.
Because of those accomplishments, an awards ceremony was created. The Social Revolucion honors Lations at South by Southwest. The honorees are making it easier for Latinos to express themselves.
"We really wanted the girls to be able to express themselves in real time," said Laura Donnelly-Gonzales, co-founder of Latinitas magazine. "I think at the core of what young Latinas are thinking and feeling is that they do want to make things better. Their motivation is how can I change the world and they can do that through the forum of social media."
"We really want to recognize those Latinos that are doing something with that audience with that community right?" said Mando Rayo the Cultural Strategies Social Revolucion producer. "How are they building community and creating change? So that's why we put together the Revolucionario Awards."