Use of Social Media: Defines my Generation

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Social networking is the defining characteristic of my generation. Previous age groups were defined by factors such as their parents’ post-war procreation rates or their own collective inclinations for tie-dye and peace signs, but ours is definitely latched with social media.

If desired, essentially every positive, negative, interesting, funny or mundane life event can be broadcasted to some form of friend sharing site. Tweet about it. Drinking Starbucks? Snap a picture and post it on Instagram. Find a picture of a cute pair of shoes? Pin it on Pinterest. Our socializing doesn’t stop once the face-to-face contact ends.

This so-called phenomenon has been reviewed, studied, and researched by countless experts ad nauseam, and quite honestly, I’m a little bit sick of hearing how our alleged “addiction” is leading to negative consequences. Parents and teachers across the country complain that we’re glued to our laptops and smartphones and are therefore developing anti-social and isolated behaviors.

However, I have my own list of grievances regarding the behaviors in which some of my peers have chosen to engage. These misuses on social media sites are what I believe are the true horrors of Facebook, Twitter, etc.

For the majority of Facebook users, the status is used periodically to post several sentences or a picture about a current life event. However, among a select group of misinformed Facebook users, the status update is used as a private diary dumping grounds where the worst of hormonal teenage angst is displayed for the entire world to see.

I definitely realize that everyone is allowed the right to post whatever and whenever desired, but for the sake of courtesy in general, please leave these tortured artist novels for your close friends.

We all have our own personal problems that sometimes just need some friendship support, but really, is Facebook the time or place? Besides, your future employer probably won’t want to hire someone who is so transparent with their emotional issues.

In the end, I know social media users will probably all continue with their same bad habits. This article isn’t really a call to action for some type of revolution but more of a way to express to adults that even we have problems with the way social media are used. Anyway, I have to go. Time to update my Facebook status with the link to this article.

Enjoy reading! 🙂

Philippines Celebrates Social Media Day

Social Media Day 2012

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

Social Media Day 2012

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! 🙂