Social Media Day 2012
Last June 30, the world celebrates the 3rd annual Social Media Day. Mashable.com took the initiative in 2010 and launched Social Media Day on June 30 as a way to recognize the exciting ever-evolving digital revolution. Since then, social media enthusiasts have hosted and attended Social Media Day meetups in several cities worldwide.
The Social Media Team of Visual Ally together with their Director for Social Media Mr. Dante “Ayan” Deato were there and experienced
Jose Javier Reyes – A Filipino Writer and ABS-CBN Director with Visual Ally Director for Social Media – Dante “Ayan” Deato
that event. There were a huge number of bloggers, Twitterati, advocates and practitioners from media.
I had the opportunity to meet Daphne Paez and Tonyo Cruz a Filipino blogger, social media practitioner and consumer advocate . I even got a chance to have a picture taken with them.
Me with Tonyo Cruz – A Filipino Blogger / Social Media Practitioner / Consumer and Advocate
Daphne Paez and Me
The event organizer Tonyo Cruz said, “we were only expecting 300, but we can say that we reached 411 participants!” The large turn-out at the 30 June Social Media Capital affair, the first of its kind in the Philippines under Mashable’s Social Media Day worldwide event series, showed the vibrancy and willingness of some of Manila’s social media denizens to gather and celebrate the importance of social media in the country, past and present. As of last count, 444 participants were registered for the affair. “We were surprised in a very pleasant way,”
The event, held at the Philippine Stock Exchange Plaza in Makati, was one of a series of parallel events held throughout the country. Quezon City had its own Social Media Day gathering, as did Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. The name was chosen because of the fact that the Philippines has had a consistent record of being either early adopters or leaders in using social media.
Addressing the gathering on harnessing the Philippines’ social media capital were social media pundit Carlo Ople; celebrity and UNICEF campaigner Daphne Oseña-Paez; and Gang Badoy, founder of the advocacy group Rock Ed, which celebrated its seventh anniversary yesterday. Ople spoke about the overall social media landscape in the country and the issues confronting social media users in the country. The other two speakers also discussed how social media helped their advocacies and encouraged listeners to do the same.
Apart from the addresses, there was a special appearance by this year’s Miss World Philippines winner Queeneerich Rehman. There were also games and give-aways, a common fixture of similar and much smaller gatherings known to some Twitter users as “tweet-ups.”
Congratulations for a successful Social Media Day Meetup! 🙂