Philippines Now Has Over 27 Million Facebook Users

As of December 27, 2011, Facebook has a total of 27,033,680 registered Facebook users from the Philippines.  At the start of 2011, there were 20 million Filipino Facebook users and by June 2011, there were 24.5 million users.  The 16 - 24 age bracket represents half of the Filipino Facebook population.
Source: checkfacebook.com (Dec. 28, 2011)

The Facebook user population has sustained a steady increase of 100 million users every 6 months since mid 2010.  Facebook reached the 500 million mark in July 2010, 600 million 6 months later in January 2011 and 700 million in July 2011.  And the world Facebook population is just about to reach 800 million in a few days.

The Philippines is still in the top 10 largest countries on Facebook ranked 8th.  Earlier this year, the Philippines reached 5th place, the highest rank ever the Philippines has achieved on Facebook.

Other noteworthy online achievements by the Philippines was reached on Feb. 15, 2011 when the Philippines reached an all-time record global market share in Facebook at 3.71%, the highest the country has experienced.
Source: checkfacebook.com (Dec. 28, 2011)

Simbang Gabi Masses Livestream on YouTube

Official page for Simbang Gabi 2011 
Television network TV5 offers Simbang Gabi Masses for Filipinos worldwide via livestream on their YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/news5philippines and embeded on their websites, http://www.interaksyon.com and http://www.kapatidtv.com/.  The official landing page for the 9 day Christmas novena mass is at http://simbanggabi.kapatidtv.com/ . Entitled "Simbang Gabi 2011", the mass being livestreamed is from Quiapo church from December 16 to 24, 2011 at 5:00am Manila time.

The landing page includes a disclaimer stating that the livestream does not substitute for the mass. Parishoners still have to attend masses in their Churches. Live streaming was set up for those who, due to their illness, could not go to Mass; or those who, due to their location, do not have Churches to go to. Those who already went to mass may also view the live streaming, especially devotees, to nourish their faith and devotion.

Being a YouTube local content partner, TV5 has the ability to offer Livestream features on their YouTube channel as well as provide clips longer than the 15 minute limit for standard users.  All previous masses are archived and can be viewed on their YouTube channel.
http://www.youtube.com/news5philippines
http://simbanggabi.kapatidtv.com/

Cebu Pacific Holds 2 Day Contest Exclusively for Facebook & Twitter Followers

Harnessing their huge social networks, Cebu Pacific holds a 2 day contest exclusively for their Facebook & Twitter followers on December 21 & 22, 2011. The prizes amount to a whopping P450,000. worth of tickets to the Mamma Mia stageplay to be held at the CCP Main Theater on January 24, 2012.

25 winners from Facebook and 25 winners from Twitter will each win two (2) tickets to the MAMMA MIA stageplay.

Tickets won through Twitter will be usable at Section B of the CCP Main Theater, with each ticket worth P4,000. while tickets won through Facebook will be usable at Section A, Lower Box of the CCP Main Theater, with each ticket worth P5,000.

The contest is open to all residents in the Philippines who are current Facebook Official Page fans and Official Twitter Account followers who are over 18 years of age.  The mechanics are a simple question an answer type with the 1st few correct answers win tickets.

Cebu Pacific will publicly announce the start of the Contest event (Dec. 21 for Facebook and Dec. 22 for Twitter) on their respective social networks accounts.
Instructions for Facebook-based participants:

  1. When the phrase "WATCH MAMMA MIA FOR FREE!"is posted by the Page Administrator, it will be followed by a) a Cebu Pacific OR Mamma Mia trivia question, and b) the number of tickets available for that particular post.
  2. The first participant/s (number of winners will be equal to the number mentioned in the post) to succesfully answer the question as a COMMENT and not a separate Wall post will each win 2 tickets to the Mamma Mia play.
  3. Winners through Facebook will be notified only by Facebook's Messages function.


Instructions for Twitter-based participants:

  1. When the phrase "#cebupacificmammamiatickets"is tweeted by the Page Administrator, it will be followed by a) a Cebu Pacific OR Mamma Mia trivia question, and b) the number of tickets available for that particular post.
  2. The first participant/s (number of winners will be equal to the number mentioned in the post) to succesfully answer the question as a tweet while Mentioning @Cebupacificair AND using the hashtag "#cebupacificmammamiatickets" will each win 2 tickets to the Mamma Mia play.
  3. Winners through Twitter will be temporarily Followed by the CebuPacificAir Account and will be notified through Twitter's Direct Message (DM) Function.
To date, Cebu Pacific has 439,704 followers on Facebook and 334,052 followers on Twitter.

Update:  As of Dec. 22, 2011 4pm, their contest hashtag #cebupacificmammamiatickets is now a Philippine trending topic on twitter with over 1,000 tweets.

Google Releases 2 Apps To Assist People Affected by Typhoon Sendong

To respond to the recent flood caused by Typhoon Sendong, Google puts together a Person Finder app for locating lost friends and relatives severely and directly affected by the typhoon.
http://www.google.org/personfinder/sendong/query?role=seek

The Person Finder: Typhoon Sendong app allows anyone to enter a person's name or parts of the name into a form and check whether the person is declared by others as missing or not.

In addition, one can create a record to account for a missing person by entering the person's details such as name, physical characteristics, home address, description and photo.  The missing person's details are then entered into a database which can be used as reference for people who may know the whereabouts of the missing person.

The 2nd app is a Typhoon Sendong Crisis Map
  • Crisis Map
http://www.google.org/crisismap?crisis=2011_typhoon_sendong



This is basically a visual map of donation centers, shelters, and typhoon updates.  All the locations are presented as a overlay on the map and clickable with links and further details.

Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards 2011

Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards 2011
After the recently concluded Philippine Blog Awards, now comes the Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards or PEBA 2011.  PEBA is geared to recognize the contributions of Filipino bloggers abroad. This year’s theme is dubbed as "Ako'y Magbabalik, Hatid Ko'y Pagbabago." (I Will Return, I Will Bring Change) as Balikbayans not only send back their monetary remittances; but social remittances as well.

For this year PEBA opens a new blog search called PEBA’s Any Blogger, Anywhere for allFilipino bloggers in various categories, at home or abroad. This year’sblog contest will look into narratives as to how returning Expats/OFW will make use and share their social remittance or their talents, skills and fortunes to bring change to their families, communities and country. Expats/OFW bloggers who will be joining the contest will be required to write a blog entry on the said theme. There is also an ongoing blog contest for OFW supporters.

For 2011, VIPinoy, a service and perks for overseas Filipinos and OFWs offered by Ayala Malls is the biggest sponsor of PEBA. Ayala Mall is providing Trinoma Activity Center as the venue for the awards nights on December 9, 2011 and Market Market as venue for its photo exhibit from December 9, 2011. PEBA is equally supported by one of its long time partner NOKIA and communication giant Globe Telecom.

For more information regarding PEBA, please visit http://www.pinoyblogawards.com/

Philippine Blog Awards Winners (Luzon, Nationals & Special Awards)

The 3rd and final installment of the Philippine Blog Awards recently held its Luzon and Nationals awards last December 3, 2011 at the RCBC theater in Makati City.  The PBA gave recognition to outstanding blogs in 8 different categories for Luzon, 19 categories representing the National level and 7 additional special award citations.


The Philippine Blog Awards was hosted by founder of Rock Ed Philippines Gang Badoy. Award presentors included Hannah Villasis of flaircandy.com, Vince Golangco of wheninmanila.com, Tonyo Cruz of tonyocruz.com, Carlo Ople of newmedia.com.ph, Azrael Coladilla of azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com, Ferdz Decena of ironwulf.net, Mark & Gail Villanueva of kutitots.com and social media personality Christopher Lao.

Some award highlights included The Professional Heckler who won the Best in Humor Blog award for a 4th year in a row, and Fitz Villafuerte who bagged the Best in Business Blog for the 2nd straight year with his blog Ready to be Rich at http://www.fitzvillafuerte.com.

Here is the full list of winners:


LUZON
NATIONALS
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
In addition, PBA president Juned Sonido, also revealed that the Philippine Blog Awards and Habitat for Humanity have signed a partnership to go beyond digital borders and help the community as part of this year's theme "Bayanihan." The pilot project is called "Blogger Bahay" which will be located in Metro Manila and will be a sanctuary for past typhoon victims.

From Philippine Blog Awards 2011 (Luzon & Nationals)
Congratulations to all the winners and to the Philippine Blog Awards !

2 Different Emotional Videos Trending on YouTube & Twitter

Two videos of varying emotions, have just gone viral and are raking up thousands of views since their uploads within the past few days.  Both are emotional in an extreme spectrum, one sad and the other happy.

Mo Twister

A video of TV host and DJ Mo Twister recently leaked on YouTube  The video depicts an emotional Mo Twister talking to himself about sensitive issues with his ex-girlfriend.  Mo Twister denied that he uploaded the video.  He explained though that he sold his computer and there is a possibility that someone undeleted the files on the hard drive.

The video was uploaded on  a newly created YouTube account named PrettyJenny55 last November 28, 2011.  Despite being a new account with only 1 video, the video currently has garnered more than 140K views (as of Dec. 3, 2011 5pm).  Just a few hours ago this morning, the video only had 80K views. Although the video was uploaded on Nov. 28, it went viral on Dec. 1.   Unfortunately, the video has received more than double the dislikes than likes on YouTube.
YouTube View stats as of Dec. 3, 2011 5pm








Coca-Cola



On a happier note, Coca-cola uploaded a video entitled "Coca-Cola Where Will Happiness Strike Next: The OFW Project."  The video is about 3 lucky Overseas Filipino Workers, each who haven't seen their loved ones in years, longing to see their loved ones.  Coca-cola chose these 3 Filipinos and gave them a chance to come home to visit and surprise their families.  The result is a touching reunion with a feast each family enjoys with a bottle of Coca-cola.

as of Dec. 3, 2011 1pm
As of Dec. 3, 2011 5pm, the touching video has received over 262K views and over 6,300 likes since its upload last Dec. 1, 2011 .  There is also another version without English subtitles which has received over 195K views and over 3,000 likes.


On twitter (as of Dec. 3, 2011 morning) , 3 Philippine trending topics (Mo Twister, Rhian Ramos and Coca-Cola are related the two videos with  Mo Twister still a Philippine trending topic.

Both videos are currently spotted on the Trending section of YouTube Philippines.



Dec. 4 Update: As of Dec. 4, 8am, the Coca-cola video now has a total of 452K views, with an additional 190K views in the past 15 hours.  The Mo Twister video also received an additional 130K views in the last 15 hours bringing its total to 270K views.  Neither topic are currently trending on Twitter.

Dec. 5 Update:  As of Dec. 5, 6am, the Mo Twister video is now up to 385K views.  And similar to the way the video was leaked, several YouTube users have also "copied" the video and posted it on their own channel.  Regardless of user, the newly spawned videos are receiving thousands of views.
Given that, the total viewership of the video regardless of source is now up to 814K.

As for the Coca-cola video, the version with subtitles is now at 655K views while it's non-subtitle counterpark received 337K views totalling almost a million views with 992K and still increasing.  Both the Coca-cola and Mo Twister videos have been featured on TV news and entertainment shows over the weekend which may have helped in adding up more views for both videos.

Start of December Becomes a Major Philippine Trending Topic

7 out of the top 10 trending tweets in the Philippines on the morning of December 1 all pertain to the month of "December."

As Filipinos highly celebrate the Christmas season as early as September, the more popular talk about Christmas is apparent come the month of Christmas.

As a matter of fact, last September 1, Filipinos started greeting each other a Merry Christmas which catapulted the greeting into a top Philippine trending topic on Twitter.

Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 and Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao

Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 and Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao
On Nov. 26, 2011, General Santos City will be the host city in Mindanao for 2 major blog events: Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 and Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao.

Blogfest Soccsksargen debuted in 2010 where over 120 bloggers from Davao, Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod , Zamboanga and the rest of South Central Mindanao participated in a whole day of talks given by guest specialists in blogging, online marketing, IT, writing, web design, social media  and internet security.


Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 is this year's official title with the theme: “The Emergence of Blogs & Social Media“.   

BLOGFEST SOCCSKSARGEN 2.0
Mindanao’s Funnest Eyeball
November 26, 2011, SunCity Suites, General Santos City
Theme:  The Emergence of Blogs & Social Media

PROGRAMME

7:00 – 8:30 - Registration
8:30 – 8:45 - Launching of Exhibit
8:45 – 9:00 - Opening of Blogfest/Acknowledgement of Guests
9:00 – 9:15 - Welcome Address/Orientation
9:15 – 9:45 - The History of Internet in Mindanao
Speaker: Bob Martin, Internet Entrepreneur
9:45 – 10:15 - Effecting Progress and Change through Blogs and Social Media
Speaker: Manolo Quezon III, Office of the President of the Phils
10:15 – 10:45 - The State of the Internet in the Philippines Address
                                        Speaker:  Jack Madrid, Country Manager, Multiply Philippines
10:45 – 11:00 - Snacks, Games
11:00 – 11:05 - AVP -  GenSan LGU
11:05 – 11:30 - Wiring Public Schools to the World: The GenSan LGU story
Speaker: Hon. Darlene Antonino-Custodio, City Mayor of Gen. Santos
11:30 – 12:00 - Open Forum
12:00 – 12:10 - Official Group Picture A

12:10 –   1:00 - Lunch/ AVP Presentation of Smart, Dolefil, SMI

1:00 – 1:30 - The Think Before You Click Program: An Overview
Speaker:  Raffy Tima, GMA News and Current Affairs
1:30 – 2:00 - Video Blog as a Medium for Social Change Speaker: Mae Paner aka Juana Change
2:00 – 2:30 - Mobile Internet Usage in the Philippines
Speaker: Abe Olandres, Tech Blogger, Yugatech.com
2:30 – 2:35 - AVP – His Excellency Harry K. Thomas, US Ambassador to the Philippines
2:35  - 2:45 - US State Department Embracing Social Media
Cynthia Cook, Deputy Press Attache, US Embassy
2:45 – 3:00 - Snacks, Games
3:00  - 3:30 - YouTube and Google+ for Pinoys
                                        Speaker:  Aileen Apolo, Google Asia-Pacific
3:30 – 4:00 - Blogging for Advocacy
Speaker:  Flow Galindez, World Food Programme
4:00 – 4:15 - Mindanao’s Funnest Blogging Circle
4:15 -  4:45 - Open Forum
4:45 – 5:00 - Official Group Picture B
5:00 - 5:15 - Grand Blogfest Raffles Draw
5:15 – 5:30 - Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks


Following a full schedule of speakers from various sectors, the blogger's day will continue in the evening with the Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao.  Winners will be chosen from Finalists in each of the 7 categories which include Beauty and Fashion, Food and Beverage, Lifestyle, Personal, Photoblog, Technology and Travel.

Goodluck to all the finalists!

Here are the finalists for the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao:

Beauty and Fashion
Food and Beverage
Lifestyle
Personal
Photoblog
Technology
Travel

Pacquiao is Trending in Both Philippines & Mexico; Marquez on Neither Country


Twitter Trend in Mexico as of 11/13/11 11:45am 
Twitter Trend in Philippines as of 11/13/11 11:45am















Thousands of tweets have been posted about the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez boxing match as it nears its bout.  Several related hashtags and variants of their names have been tweeted too.

It's interesting to note that upon making a quick check on twitter trending topics for both Philippines and Mexico, you would expect each of them to be a trending topic on the country their representing.  


However, the case is that Manny Pacquiao is trending on Philippines with the hashtag #PacMan and in Mexico with the hashtag #Pacquiao while Marquez is not trending in both countries at all.

Sysomos reports that at as of December 2009, Mexico had a slightly bigger percentage of users than the Philippines at 1.11% penetration rate. In June 2010, according to Comscore, the Philippines Twitter penetration grew to 14.8% surpassing Mexico at 13.4%.  Regardless of the slight different between the two countries in Twitter market penetration, both Philippines and Mexico are among the Top 10 countries in the report.

Sighted Hashtags for the Pacquiao-Marquez Boxing Match

As the Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and his Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez are set to go head to head in their 3rd encounter for Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title in a few hours, we've searched for all the hashtags related to this fight.

Here are the hashtags related to Manny Pacquiao:
And for  Juan Manuel Marquez, the hashtags spotted are:
Hashtags spotted referring to the Pacquiao-Marquez boxing match are:
Thousands of tweets have already been posted using these hashtags. Any one of these hashtags is bound to trend as the actual fight nears and especially during the match. Choose your favorite hashtag and use it for your Pacquiao-Marquez tweets.

Also spotted is a new unofficial YouTube channel named marquezvspacquiao3 at http://www.youtube.com/user/marquezvspacquiao3.

ABS-CBN Talents Dominate Top 10 Twitter Users in the Philippines

ABS-CBN Talents Dominate Top 10 Twitter Users in the Philippines
Based on the latest ranking on Famecount.com as of November 7, 2011, 9 out of the top 10 Twitter users in the Philippines are all affiliated with ABS-CBN.


Rank Twitter User Tweets Followers today Followers week Followers month Total Followers Affilitation
1 Anne Curtis-Smith 13,242 6,715 39,825 135,265 1,848,220 ABS-CBN
2 Sam Milby 2,617
19,482 69,218 903,855 ABS-CBN
3 bianca gonzalez 17,703 2,015 12,171 58,769 795,909 ABS-CBN
4 Iya Villania 10,707 2,350 12,284 57,517 783,529 ABS-CBN
5 marietta subong 9,254 1,684 9,250 42,652 772,451 ABS-CBN
6 Luis Manzano 10,781 1,821 13,018 55,645 739,919 ABS-CBN
7 Noynoy Aquino 111 1,564 8,511 28,871 668,018 Politics
8 MYX Philippines 19,297 1,564 9,473 43,806 639,592 ABS-CBN
9 kim atienza 2,248 1,751 8,386 40,143 570,939 ABS-CBN
10 maja salvador 3,736 1,391 9,367 40,570 559,421 ABS-CBN


Topping the charts is Anne Curtis, who is at the top with 1.8 million Twitter followers. Anne's astonishing lead is twice than that of Sam Milby, who is ranked 2nd among all Philippine celebrities and personalities on Twitter. Other ABS-CBN top twitter personalities are Bianca Gonzalez, Iya Villania, Marietta Subong (more popularly known as Pokwang), Luis Manzano, Kim Atienza and Maja Salvador. The only other ABS-CBN affiliated Twitter account which is not an individual is Myx Philippines ranking 8th.

Extracting the most number of tweets posted among the Top 10 Twitter Accounts in the Philippines , Anne Curtis is the 3rd celebrity with the most tweets posted currently at 13,242.

Similarly, 36 Twitter accounts, which account for more than a third of the Top 100 Philippine Twitter accounts in terms of the most number of followers are affiliated with ABS-CBN. Some of them include Karylle, Nikki Gil, John Prats and Karen Davila. In contrast, only 8 of the Top 100 are affiliated with GMA with the likes of Maxene Magalona, Camille Prats, Iza Calzado & Rhian Ramos.

Famecount aims to be a comprehensive and useful source of data on usage trends within the major social networks, and a means for to identify and connect with stars on each of the social networks.

To check out the latest Twitter rankings of Philippine personalities on Social Media, visit http://www.famecount.com/twitter-rank/Philippines

Update:  famecount.com failed to include 2 Filipino celebrities which have a million followers each.
Angel Locsin - 1,090,994 Followers
Jose Marie Viceral (Vice Ganda) - 1,039,645 Followers
The number of their followers puts them in 2nd and 3rd place below Anne Curtis.  Interestingly, both Angel and Vice Ganda are also ABS-CBN talents.

Black Eyed Peas Expected To Trend on Twitter Tonight

As the Black Eyed Peas are in the Philippines today for their much anticipated concert tonight, October 25, 2011 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds entitled "Black Eyed Peas: Live in Manila!"

Due to the popularity of the Black Eyed Peas in the Philippines, a new concert ground section called "Oktoberfest" has been added for the Black Eyed Peas concert.  The standing only section will be located at the back of the Bronze section at Ticket Price: PhP530.00.

Aside from the Filipino's embracing many of the Black Eyed Peas hit songs, the group is especially close to Filipinos as Allan Pineda, more popularly known as apl.de.ap, one of the members of the 4 member hip hop group is a Filipino-American born in Pampanga, Philippines.
Being proud of his Filipino heritage, Apl.de.ap will formally launch the "We Can Be Anything" campaign at the concert. This advocacy, which is a partnership between the apl.de.ap Foundation and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation, intends to improve the state of education in the Philippines.

As Apl.de.ap along with entire Black Eyed Peas are set to perform tonight, expect most of the trending topics to be related to the concert.  Pinoysocialmedia.com will be monitoring the hashtags #BEP , #BEPManila and #BlackEyedPeas to tabulate tweet volume for the entire day.  As of Oct. 25, 2011 8:45am (Philippine time), there are 850 tweets with the #BEP hashtag and 995 tweets with the #BlackEyedPeas hashtag.  #BEPManila has yet to pick up with only 5 tweets so far.  We'll also see which hashtag would be the most popular among the 3 as the concert starts tonight and if the hashtag would breakout to Global trending topic status.

We'll post the results after the concert.  As for their Twitter presence, it would best be described by quoting the Black Eyed Peas for their Twitter presence: "I gotta feeling that tonight's gonna be a good night"

Who's Talking about the Philippines on Twitter Today ?

trendsmap.com search for "Philippines" as of Oct. 10, 2011 7:00am
A quick look at the keyword "Philippines" on trendsmap.com (as of Oct. 10, 2011 7am) shows that several tweets  the following cities mention "Philippines" in their posts:

  • Dubai 
  • London 
  • New Delhi 
  • Brisbane 
  • Sydney 
  • Auckland 
  • Los Angeles 
  • Dallas 
  • Toronto 
  • New York 
  • Kuala Lumpur

Philippines Ranks 26th on Google+

According to Paul Allen, an unofficial Google+ statistician, Google+ currently has an estimated 43.4 million users. He also speculates that around a third of those have recently joined the newest social network a few days after Google+ opened itself to the public.

There are no actual details on statistics similar to those from checkfacebook.com which provide unofficial yet updated detailed country statistics for Facebook.


http://www.findpeopleonplus.com , a discovery engine which has indexed 16,062,724 Google+ users (as of Sept. 28, 2011) has been able to tally statistics on relationship status, gender, education, occupation, followers, country, city and state based on each Google+ users profile.
http://www.findpeopleonplus.com

The indexed 16 million Google+ users is a far cry from the actual 43.4 million Google+ users.  However, it's the  best source for now (aside from Google itself) which provides statistics.

A look at the country ranking reveals that the Philippines is ranked 26th among the most number of Google+ users worldwide. Out of 16+ million registered users,  Findpeopleonplus.com accounts for 20,085 Filipino users on Google+ as of September 28, 2011.  

Here are the top 30 countries listed with their respective userbase totals.
  1. United States (1,054,382)
  2. India (406,934)
  3. United Kingdom (109,234)
  4. Brazil (100,229)
  5. Germany (77,649)
  6. Canada (72,546)
  7. Indonesia (56,221)
  8. France (55,398)
  9. China (53,278)
  10. Spain (52,762)
  11. Italy (52,397)
  12. Mexico (44,655)
  13. Taiwan (44,601)
  14. Russian Federation (44,204)
  15. Japan (38,933)
  16. Australia (38,470)
  17. Thailand (28,206)
  18. Vietnam (27,052)
  19. Argentina (25,946)
  20. Iran (24,402)
  21. Netherlands (24,390)
  22. Turkey (23,365)
  23. Chile (23,257)
  24. Sweden (21,705)
  25. Hong Kong (21,052)
  26. Philippines (20,085)
  27. Poland (17,827)
  28. Ukraine (16,695)
  29. Colombia (15,641)
  30. Denmark (15,071)
And who are the top Filipinos being followed on Google+ ?  Some early adapters to the social network include Filipino bloggers, directors, photographers and journalists.

Philippines Drops to 8th Place On Facebook

From enjoying an impressive 5th place in the worldwide ranking of Facebook users last March 2011, the Philippines drops down 3 notches to 8th place as of Sept. 28, 2011.  
Comparison of Top 10 Countries on Facebook (Jan & Sept. 2011)
Statistics show that the Philippines is not slowing down in the number of new Facebook users.  It's actually the fact that more people from other countries are signing up on Facebook than we are.  India, Mexico and Brazil have each surpassed the Philippines in rank.  While the Philippines gained close to 6 million new Facebook users since the start of 2011, countries like India doubled their Facebook population from 18 million to 36 million users in the same time span.  Mexico gained an additional 10 million users and Brazil, who wasn't even in the top 10 ranks at the start of the year, leaped to 7th place.

With a Philippine internet penetration of close to 30 million users, it may be difficult for the Philippines to regain 5th place which is currently held by United Kingdom with a total Facebook userbase of over 30 million.

Typhoon Twitter Trending Topics (4T)

The top trending topics for the Philippines on Twitter are all geared towards typhoon Pedring.
Twitter Trends as of Sept. 26 1pm
As typhoon Pedring entered the Philippine area of responsibility, more updates and announcements were being posted on Twitter.
Twitter Trends as of Sept. 27 7am

With typhoon Pedring manifesting itself in the form of heavy winds and rains, not only Pedring-related topics were posted but also typhoon-related topics also arose as trending topics.  
Twitter trends as of Sept. 27, 9pm
Previous supertyphoons Milenyo and Ondoy were also mentioned in comparison to typhoon Pedring.

Mentions of Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup Generates Over 30,000 Tweets in 8 Hours

Anticipating Miss Universe topics to be trending worldwide, we started tracking down mentions of Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup on twitter.  We used her name "Shamcey Supsup" as basis for counting the number of mentions it got during an 8 hour period.   The 8 hours started with the live broadcast of the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant and we extended a 6 hour period after the 2 hour show to reflect the overflow of post-pageant discussions and retweets.

The fact that Miss Philippines was included in the Top 16, Top 10 and Top 5 candidates and eventually garnering the 3rd runner-up position got surges of tweets for each announcement.

The result ?  Shamcey Supsup was mentioned in over 30,000 tweets in the 8 hour timespan, with over half of the tweets posted during the pageant proper. Shamcey Supsup also landed its way into the Philippine trending topics on twitter along with other similar keywords and hashtags such as #GoShamcey , #shamceysupsup, runner-up, and candidate .

Congratulations to Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup for making it as far as 3rd runner-up and bringing the pride and recognition again to the Philippines !

Twitter to Go On Overdrive with the Live 2011 Miss Universe Pageant

Expect twitter to be flooded with tweets from most of the countries participating in the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant.  Tweets and hashtags related to the pageant like #MissUniverso , #MissUniverse and #MissUniverse2011 are likely to emerge as worldwide trending topics.

In the Philippines, emerging Miss Universe related hashtags are
and several tweets are mentioning  the Philippines' representative to the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant Shamcey Supsup on her twitter account at http://twitter.com/@supsup_Shamcey.

We'll be tracking the number of tweets for Shamcey Supsup during the pageant.  

A Twitter Christmas in September


Some people start recognizing Christmas a week before December 25, some at the start of December and some as the last month of the year steadily approaches. But give it up to the Filipinos who are known to have the longest Christmas season span ever which unofficially starts on September as it is referred to as the start of the "BER" months leading up all the way to December and eventually Christmas.

Simple proof of this can be seen on Twitter as one of the trending topics for the Philippines this morning is  "Merry Christmas".

The keyword "Merry Christmas" alone has already been mentioned in over 2,000 tweets since midnight of September 1, 2011 (10 hrs to date as of this post) and is a trending topic only in the Philippines.

Common thoughts among the Christmas-related tweets are on gift-giving, shopping, singing, partying, starting a daily countdown, and the most popular, greeting everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Expect some Christmas countdown tweets and more Christmas mentions henceforth.  Merry Christmas Twitter !

Twitter Infographic Compiles Facts & Figures

Twitter Infographic Compiles Facts & Figures
Just last month, Touch Agency created a Twitter Infographic of interesting stats.  The infographic displays various facts and figures compiled from different sources.  Did you know that there are over 1,650 tweets posted every second ?  Think about how many tweets you missed while sleeping.  Did you ever wonder how much Twitter's worth ?

The result is a compilation of Twitter trivia creatively designed as a informative visual with the numbers highlighting the impact of this social network.  The Free Twitter Infographic is also available in PDF format.

Christopher Lao Trends on Twitter. Who is he ?

GMA News Program 24 Oras featured an incident where a motorist attempted to cross a flooded street.   The driver, identified as Christopher Lao, attempted to drive his car across Mother Ignacia Street in Quezon City.  Unfortunately, due to his miscalculation, his car floated midway across the flood as the street's water level was deep at the middle.  When interviewed, he accused MMDA for not rendering the road impassable and not properly informing him not to cross the flood water.


Apparently, the video went viral as most people found it interesting enough to share on social networks Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Because of this, the name "Christopher Lao" has become a Philippine trending topic on twitter with over 2,500 tweets mentioning his name in a span of a day.  His name became both a Philippine and Worldwide trend on Twitter.  Shares, comments, quotes and jokes on the feature have sprouted making him a viral topic.

In addition, someone created a Facebook fan page for him in ridicule and after a day's creation, an astonishing 11,000 people have followed and liked this page with several comments pouring in.   The photo gallery currently has 58 uploaded photos all related to the incident, most of them aiming to be funny at his expense.

Update as of Aug 4, 2011 7pm:

Less than 24 hours after the Facebook page with 11,000 followers, it's now  over 44,000.  You'll also find other Facebook pages created when you search for his name. There are also over 11,600 mentions of his name on Twitter and he is still trending in the Philippines.

And the public finally hears from him as Christopher Lao issues an official statement about the incident.


Official Statement from Christopher Lao
4 August 2011

The past few days have been very disheartening for me and my family.   As you know I have been a subject of a viral video that showed my helplessness during a trying moment.  As it stands right now, I have several hate pages in Facebook and Twitter with hurtful and derogatory messages attacking my person.  The reputation that I built the past years has been besmirched.   A bad day has now turned into wounded feelings and sleepless nights for me and my family.

I have been silent the past few days as I want this to go away soon but not before saying sorry and thank you to people who matter.

I would like to apologize for my behavior that was seen on nationwide television and now on the internet.  It was unfortunate that I was caught on camera immediately after an overwhelmingly stressful mishap.

I would like to again sincerely  thank those who braved the flood to help a distraught stranger like me.  Their selfless act reminded me of how dependable Filipinos are in times of crisis.

Lastly, I would like to thank my family, friends and all of those who showed empathy, consideration and support throughout these trying times.  You have given me strength and courage to rise above and be a better person.

Sincerely yours,

Christopher Lao


A copy of the statement can be found here.

Update as of Aug. 5, 9:30am:

Christopher Lao is not trending anymore on Twitter, though a related hashtag is now emerging as a Philippine trend on Twitter. The hashtag #ishouldhavebeeninformed comes from quoting Christopher during his interview when he blamed MMDA for not informing him not to cross the flooded street.  The hashtag is used in over 1,5000 tweets mainly in the form of citing a situation and using the hashtag as an excuse for not knowing.

Funny Trending Hashtag of the Day: #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak


Several tweets appeared with the hashtag #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak as people contribute their own entries based on the hashtag instruction of replacing a word in a song with the word "manyak" (maniac) making the hashtag a Philippine trending topic.

When we tried to find the source of the hashtag, we found a post on Facebook which is a chat transcript discussing the hashtag and making it a trend.  The hashtag was the brainchild of Atenean Nathania Chua known on Twitter as @PilosopoTanya and @akzena and first posted August 1, 2011 12:08pm.  Based on the photo caption, the hashtag 1st appeared on trending topics 12 hours after.

UPDATE: After 3 hours of endless manyak tweets, #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak officially trended at the second spot after the promoted TT at around 12:10am, August 2, 2011. WOOOHOOOO

As of Aug 2, 2011 3:44pm, there are over 2,400 tweets with the hashtag.  A partial archive of the tweets can be viewed here.

Aug 2, 2011 10:15pm Update: The Boys Night Out nationwide radio program on @magic899 are talking about this trending topic.  A personal account by the creator of this trend can be found at http://thenatenean.tumblr.com/ . We're also estimating a total of at least 4,000 tweets by now with the hashtag.

Here are some entries using the hashtag:

PrincessErcia
itsmetinaii
itsmetinaii the MANYAK song #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak waaahhh
dHotdogStand
arbiearbie
arbiearbie 12.879721 121.774017 You are manyak, no matter what they say. Words can't bring you down. (Beautiful by Christina Aguillera) #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak
labski02
labski02 12.879721 121.774017 #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak..... kung manyak lang ako....sanay manyak din kita,,
IamGenith
IamGenith #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak what?? u crazy?/ perverts are everywhere..big threat!

I_am_jamelachiu
I_am_jamelachiu #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak Teach me how to Manyak =))))
krishmequick
krishmequick you can count on manyaks like one two three... ---count on me. bruno mars.#replaceawordinasongwithmanyak #manyak
potterderp
potterderp 14.579 120.9726 tell me manyak, manyak, maan-yaaak. #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak
arbiearbie
oohjessicaaa
oohjessicaaa 12.879721 121.774017 #replaceawordinasongwithmanyak "One Less Lonely Manyak" by Justin Manyak. Hahahaha!
whenbaconfries
whenbaconfries dont trust a manyak never trust a manyak won't trust a manyak#replaceawordinasongwithmanyak


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