Pedring 2011: Rain, Flood, Power Failure, Mobile Network breakdown, and Social Media

On September 25, 2009, Typhoon Ondoy lashed Metro Manila and plagued it with wind, rain, floods and power failures. Mobile networks (mainly Globe) went down, causing communications breakdown. And social media took center stage as people plugged into the networks, reporting news, finding news, generating Tweets, Facebook updates, sharing media, and creating homespun disaster reporting […]

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In the Philippines, it’s Facebook vs. Friendster and Twitter vs. Plurk. Guess who wins?

Conventional wisdom, at least as far as the local Internet is concerned, would have it that the Philippines is something of an oddball oasis where localized tastes have catapulted obscure web players to top status, while global top dogs trail far behind. We inhabit an alternate universe. In DC Comic book terms, we are Earth-23 […]

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Twitterific! How Twitter sparked a viral contact message for the Philippine Red Cross

There have been countless stories about how social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter were instrumental catalysts in getting information across during the first hours of Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana (and later, Typhoon Pepeng/Parma). Here’s one such inspiring story from the Philippine Red Cross. Dennis Mendiola, Governor of the Philippine Red Cross (and also known as […]

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