Anonymous PH Hacked YayaDub’s Twitter Account: What we can all learn from this episode.Read more "YayaDub Got Hacked – and a Polite Hacker says “Sorry Po”"
I am normally not a big fan of Pinoy showbiz, love teams, noontime shows, Eat Bulaga, or even Tito Vic and Joey, but when the whole #Aldub situation broke out around a month ago, I developed a morbid fascination for the whole social media aspect of the thing. Specifically the use of Twitter hashtags and […]Read more "The Aldubification of the Twitterverse"
Think of it as the idea of Twitter hashtags gone wild. Twitter hashtags were invented by the online community (as is the case of many Twitter conventions) , in this case, by users who wanted a simple way to embed keywords into the Twitter stream, making it easy to search for conversations or topics. (The […]Read more "Battle of the Corona Trial Hashtags: A Case of #TooManyCoronas"
Time was when New Year’s Eve would creep up and your phone would start beeping frantically as all the text messages would come in. The mobile operators’ SMS network tubes would clog up and it would be impossible to get an SMS in, edgewise – until an hour past midnight. Well that was then (maybe […]Read more "Did Asia Crash Twitter last New Year’s Eve? Apparently So"
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 […]Read more "Pedring 2011: Rain, Flood, Power Failure, Mobile Network breakdown, and Social Media"
For a brief moment at the height of Typhoon Pedring on September 27, mentions of Christopher Lao reappeared on Twitter , bringing the punsters – and the finger waggers – back out in the open. The term trended on Twitter for a brief moment, before receding and letting the more general #Pedring reign as a […]Read more "Pedring: The Return of Christopher Lao on Twitter"
To put a twist on the old adage, this is the way the world ends, not with a whimper, but with a bang – and with a flurry of 140-character commentary over the twitterverse. Such was the case with the last (as in final) NU Rock Awards held last October 29 at the NBC Tent […]Read more "Tweeting the Final NU Rock Awards"
Some months back, I gave this presentation (the deck is embedded here as a Slideshare link), which encapsulated some ideas I had been thinking of for sometime. It seems that as far as social media is concerned, several factors came into play in late 2009 that have conspired to create a “perfect storm” that have […]Read more "Why 2010 is the Year of Mobile Social Media"
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 […]Read more "In the Philippines, it’s Facebook vs. Friendster and Twitter vs. Plurk. Guess who wins?"
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 […]Read more "Twitterific! How Twitter sparked a viral contact message for the Philippine Red Cross"