Franklin Boateng is a well-known social media expert and consultant, social influencer, serial entrepreneur, twitter teacher and twogger (twitter blogger).
A native of Tottenham, North London, born to Ghanaian parents, Franklin is one of many young and ambitious black men who are pushing the frontiers of social entrepreneurship in the post-millennial era. In 2010, he built the now defunct social networking site – www.fabsnetwork.com. At the time, it was one of the first open blog social networks, gaining 5 000 members in one year and regularly getting over 1 000 000 monthly hits. This initial success led to several companies and businesses reaching out to him for direction on gaining a social media following, kickstarting his career as a social media maestro.
As a social influencer, he helped shape the way that mainstream media covered the Tottenham riots, a watershed moment in modern British history back in 2011. He created the hashtag ‘#TottenhamRiots’ and his tweets were picked up by various media outlets, leading to an interview with the BBC. Franklin is now often called on to live tweet/twog at events; as a twogger, he has worked with a SKY TV channel and several awards shows. Twogging even led to a feature on the Marvel Instagram page during #BlackPanther fever, after being spotted by Disney and AfroPunk wearingGhanaian royal regalia at the screening of ‘We Are Parable’https://www.instagram.com/p/Bf6fjGpHFjA/.Today,
Franklin is the biggest sneaker (trainers) blogger in the UK, writing on all things trainers at www.kingdomoftrainers.com. His was one of the first brands to get over100K followers on Instagram as @kingoftrainers (currently at 120K+ followers). In 2014, he founded ‘The Drop of the Year Awards’, the first awards platform for trainers, with live shows held in 2017 and 2018. Taking things a step further, he launched www.footwearjobs.co.uk, a site for those who wish to pursue a career in the footwear industry. He has also consulted on the UK’s first feature-length documentary on trainer culture, ‘Sole Seekers’, which will premiere in London in June 2018.Franklin has delivered a TEDx talk, ‘A Social Media Mind’. He regularly lectures on social media to apprentices, and as a father, is a firm believer in educating the young on using these communication platforms responsibly. He also curates and consults on cultural experiences.
Twitter - @KingOfTrainers
IG - @kingoftrainers