Typhoon & Rain-related topics Dominate Twitter Discussions

Most of the tweets are related to the heavy rains caused by Typhoon Falcon.  The hashtag   #Prayforthephilippines has made it to whatthetrend.com too.

Here are Twitter Trending Topics for Philippines as of June 24, 2011 (8:30pm)

Spotted on Facebook: Spam or Scam ?

I came across this photo on Facebook which was shared by a friend on his wall (and eventually on mine).   The photo was an ad that read "Part Time using Facebook."  Additional text below that read "For more details, add me as a friend on Facebook" followed by what is supposed to be the catchy offer "Earn P2,500. a week 2-3hrs a day only."

Looking further into this revealed several things:
  • First thing worth noticing that the currency was in pesos, hinting that it's targeting a local audience.  
  • You had to add the person before he'd give you details.   Adding a person on Facebook is free but risky especially if you don't know the person nor have any mutual friends.
  • If you check the album where this photo was shared from, you'll find 47 more photos exactly the same and each photo has at least 20 people tagged so it would appear on their walls.
  • The user only has 155 friends on his profile
  • His basic information under "About me" states: "simple lang hahaha"
  • There are no other details about how to earn on that page.
  • The account seems like it's barely 1 month old.  (oldest post was on May 11)
Another photo album entitled "POTENTIAL INCOME P10k/month 2hours/day Pls read details carefully" shows multiple photos of 2 people in business suits supposedly looking professional.  In this album though, there are details and mechanics for earning.   The caption though repeatedly reminds readers that they will not entertain online inquiries and to contact only via text.
Giving them the benefit of the doubt that this is some purely legal and honorable way of earning additional income,  the way they've used Facebook as their medium in promoting their service has "scam" written all over it.  

Facebook is a free platform to use.  The least any organization or service can do is to look professional and provide assistance.  

A few simple self-explanatory tips could go a long way:
  • Don't spam (messages, photos and video).
  • Don't tag people just to gain a spot on their wall.
  • Do provide comprehensive information.
  • Do fill out your info page honestly and professionally.
  • Do add and build content to prove your page is not a fly by night page.

Top 20 Facebook Places in Philippines

Top 20 Facebook Places in Philippines
Places is a Facebook feature that allows you to see where your friends are and share your location in the real world. When you use Places, you'll be able to see if any of your friends are currently checked in nearby and connect with them easily. You can check into nearby Places to tell your friends where you are, tag your friends in the Places you visit, and view comments your friends have made about the Places you visit.
Socialbaker.com introduces a new online tool which ranks the top places on Facebook's Places feature based on the number of Checkins. Now in beta, the tool can rank the top places according to country and includes the number of checkins and likes.  There are currently 144 places ranked under the Philippines.  Surprisingly, more than half of the places in the top 20 are located in Baguio with SM City Baguio taking the top spot having over 2,000 checkins.  Here's the Top 20:

Top Facebook Places in the Philippines

1.SM City Baguio6672 006
2.Starbucks, SM Baguio5201 053
3.SM BAGUIO626579
4.The Manor at Camp John Hay229484
5.Baguio Country Club131431
6.Camayan Beach Resort277425
7.Starbucks Camp John Hay230408
8.Baguio City320356
9.Thunderbird Resort, Poro point, La Union352344
10.Cafe by the Ruins113337
11.Camp John Hay463300
12.Robinsons mall ilocos norte195296
13.Session road, Baguio City Phil.81290
14.Vigan City136259
15.Burnham Park271218
16.The Lighthouse,Moonbay Marina101206
17.Badjao Seafront Restaurant96203
18.Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine153197
20.Gerry''s Grill, SM Baguio49191
Source: http://www.socialbakers.com/places/country/philippines/ (06/07/11)

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Jay de Jesus aims to be a social media influencer by sharing content and insights on social media. Being an experienced web, internet & social media manager skilled in developing and implementing social media communication and strategic online campaigns producing results, Jay is keen on exchanging ideas, tips as well as experiment on new tools and technologies.