Newly Created Twitter Accounts for Apple Philippines

We just discovered 2 newly created Twitter accounts for Apple Philippines today (July 16, 2012) with the handles @AppleIncPH and @AppStorePH. as of July 16, 2012
The @AppleIncPH profile states the twitter account is the Official Apple Inc. Philippines account while  @AppStorePH is the account for official App Store featured apps, exclusive offers, and more. as of July 16, 2012
Though they don't carry the seal of verified profiles yet, it may be because they're newly created accounts.  It isn't listed on the Apple Store Philippines page yet ( but it looks authentic.  Both accounts are following mostly local and international celebrities and other Apple-related brands and services such as @iTunesMusic, @iTunesTV@iTunesMovies@iBookstore and @AppStore.  

@AppStorePH's 1st tweet is its own name while @AppleIncPH has yet to tweet.
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Highlights from Social Media Day 2012 Manila

Here are some video highlights from Manila Social Media Day 2012 last June 30, 2012 held at Tea 101, Tomas Morato in Quezon City.
Renowned writer-director Jose Javier Reyes was a guest speaker and gave his experiences on Social Media since the early days of online engagement such as MIRC and Yahoo Chat.  He also shares his blogging experiences and insights on the state of social media.

Here are more blog posts on Manila Social Media Day 2012.

Highlights from Social Media Day 2012 Davao

Highlights from Social Media Day 2012 Davao
Here's the recorded livestream feed from today's Social Media Day 2012 held in Davao City.

The Davao Bloggers who oragnized the event will gathered the city’s Social Media enthusiasts, bloggers and practitioners from the media, business owners, non-profit organizations and local government officials for a day of fun, community conversation, panel discussions and networking. The Social Media Day in Davao was held at MyFlexOffice, 3rd Floor KS Bldg. Sta. Ana Ave. (Infront of Penongs), Davao City.

Highlights from Social Media Day 2012 (Makati) Philippines

Social Media Day 2012 in Makati City proved not to be only successful but also overwhelming support of Filipino social media users.  This time around Filipinos got to connect with their online communities in person.        

Following the Philippine National Anthem, Social Media Day 2012 organizers Rosario Juan and Tonyo Cruz of Tweetup Manila led an introductory note thanking the social media community for showing their support.  Carlo Ople of The New Media and TV5 cited the current state of Social Media in the Philippines.  Miss World Philippines 2012 also explained how social media has made an impact on the pageant.  Daphne Osena Paez shared her experiences where social media has been used as an effective tool for disaster situations such as the 2009 Ondoy flooding.  Some games, giveaways and surprise prizes were also added to Social Media Day 2012 to make it more exciting.  The 3 hour meetup concluded with some acoustic entertainment from a female duo.
Panoramic View of Social Media Day 2012 in Makati City
Tonyo Cruz announced at one point that the total number of attendees surpassed their estimated number and reached over 440 netizens. At the end of the exciting meetup, many brought home bags of goodies, met, mingled and made new friends, forged friendships strengthening their current online connections, and shared lasting personal memories which will be shared online in the days and weeks to come. Congratulations for a successful Social Media Day meetup !
To follow tweets from this event, use the hashtag #socialmediacapital

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Philippines Celebrates Social Media Day

Today, June 30, the world celebrates the 3rd annual Social Media Day. 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.

In the Philippines, there are several celebrations, one of the biggest, being the Social Media Day 2012 event in Makati City. As mentioned on the Manila Mashable community page, Filipino Twitterati, bloggers, advocates, practitioners from media, business, government are expected to grace that day's celebration of creativity, community and conversation that has pushed individuals, companies and organizations, and the nation many steps forward and ahead of the rest of the world. The event is being organized by the community of netizens behind TweetUp Manila and the first Twestival Manila. Social Media Day in Manila will be held at Tower One & Exchange Fountain Area, Ayala Triangle Garden, Makati City.

Davao will also be celebrating Social Media Day for the 1st time. The Davao Bloggers organizing the event will gather the city’s Social Media enthusiasts, bloggers and practitioners from the media, business owners, non-profit organizations and local government officials for a day of fun, community conversation, panel discussions and networking. The Social Media Day in Davao will be held at 4PM, at MyFlexOffice, 3rd Floor KS Bldg. Sta. Ana Ave. (Infront of Penongs), Davao City.

There are also other simultaneous meetups in Quezon City and Cebu City.

Smart Communications also created a special page in celebration of Social Media Day which includes an interesting infographic about their social media milestones. They are also encouraging people to join one of the several meetups in their vicinity. is also launching its latest online innovation on Social Media Day. The new feature of's news site will provide its readers a quick and easy access to news and online interaction with the people behind the news by The Philippine Star and the other members of the STAR Group of Publications.

TV5 Manila's celebrates Social Media Day by customizing their Official Facebook page.

You can also join Social Media Day online by looking out for the following hashtags in Social Media Day-related tweets: #smday #socialmediaday #socialmediacapital #smdaydavao.
To all who use social media in any form or manner, whichever social network it may be, Happy Social Media Day !!!

Mark Zuckerberg Marriage Status Update Gets Thousands of Likes per Minute

The week has been a big week for Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg with 2 huge status updates: On a business level, Facebook has finally gone IPO with a company valuation of $104 billion. And on a personal level, Mark marries his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan.  In a photo status update on his Facebook account, Mark Zuckerberg add a wedding photo of himself with Priscilla on his timeline.  

And within minutes, Mark's post gets thousands of likes.  In fact the status update is getting an average of 3,000 likes per minute!

5 minutes - 19,413 likes
6 minutes - 26,457 likes
11 minutes - 50,338 likes
13 minutes - 56,889 likes
20 minutes - 82,161 likes
29 minutes - 109,994 likes
30 minutes - 113,713 likes
34 minutes - 122,777 likes
39 minutes - 136,698 likes
45 minutes - 148,731 likes
57 minutes - 171,509 likes
1 hour - 177,379 likes

Update: As of May 21 (3 days after posting), the status update reached 1 million likes and still counting.
May 22 (morning) - 1,150,826 likes

Congratulations to the newlyweds Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan and best wishes !  Looking forward to more couple status updates!

Top 15 Philippine Celebrities on Twitter (and in the Global Top 1,000 List)

Here's a list of the of the top 15 Philippine celebrities on Twitter based on the number of followers as of April 2, 2012.  Also included is their global rank among the Global Top 1,000 Twitter users taken from  Anne Curtis takes a huge lead above the rest at #1 in the Philippines and #192 globally with over 2.5M followers.

Following 200 notches below in the global rank is Angel Locsin with 1.6M followers.

Interesting to note that the top 15 Philippine celebrities on Twitter are female dominated and on the ABS-CBN roster of talents.  Vice Ganda, Sam Milby and Luis Manzano are the only 3 male celebrities in the Top 15 list.

  1. Anne Curtis
  2. Angel Locsin
  3. Vice Ganda
  4. Kris Aquino
  5. Angelica Panganiban
  6. Sam Milby
  7. KC Concepcion
  8. Bianca Gonzales
  9. Iya Villania
  10. Luis Manzano
  11. Pokwang
  12. Sarah Geronimo
  13. Christine Reyes
  14. Lea Salonga
  15. Nikki Gil is the number 1 stats site for Twitter users tracking over 24 million users worldwide.

Interactive Graph of Facebook Users in the Philippines

Interactive Graph of Facebook Users in the Philippines
Here's a visual chart representing the number of Filipino registered users on Facebook from July 2010 to April 1, 2012.

(Mouseover to each point to see actual total per date)
As of April 1, 2012, the total Philippine Facebook population is 27.7 million and ranked as the 8th country with the most Facebook users.

Facebook Still Top Social Network in the Philippines

Facebook Still Top Social Network in the Philippines
From the period March 1 to 15, 2012, Facebook still leads as the top social network used in the Philippines with a 73.91% share.  YouTube usage in the Philippines doubled from Feb 2012's 9.69% to 18.19% and Twitter remains in 3rd place with 6.14% penetration.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Social Media Market Share

Philippines is still at 8th place among the countries with the largest Facebook populations with 27.7 million users registered to the social network.  The Philippines constitutes 3.32% of the entire Facebook population of 833 million as of March 16, 2012.

Valentine's Viral Video from Dove

Celebrating holidays are a great way of amplifying a message on social media.

On Valentine's day this video entitled "Real Men Surprise Their Dates" had gone viral reaching several thousands of views in just a few days.  The video description says
"On a special Valentine's Day surprise, a group of men accomplished the unexpected by showing their wives, fiancées, and girlfriends just how much they care. With a little help from Dove Men + Care Deodorant, these men got to sing their hearts out to their loved ones without so much as breaking a sweat."

In less than 10 days, this video got 900 thousand views, over with almost half of them viewed on Facebook.
The video got over 5,000 likes, close to a thousand comments, tagged as favorite over a thousand times and garnered the Bronze trending medal from YouTube for gaining huge attention over the last week and is currently seeing exceptional growth in viewership. Though the video was taken in the Philippines, a lot of views also originated from the United States, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

YouTube video stats as of February 23, 2012
In London, Dove launched a twitter campaign asking people to answer “What do you love about your Valentine?.” Tweets and SMS messages were displayed on a huge screen in Victoria Station where around 350,000 people pass though each day. The campaign was part of an ongoing ‘Campaign For Real Beauty’.

With pretty impressive reach in their respective campaigns, Dove's done an excellent job in making good use of social media. 

Philippines Reaching Saturation Point in Number of Users On Facebook

The Philippines is slowly losing its hold in the Top 10 countries on Facebook.

In January 2011, the Philippines gained its highest position in the rank of countries with the largest population on Facebook at 5th place with 20,802,540 registered users, garnering a global audience share of 3.55% on the largest social network.  Last year was also a great year for the Philippines as it gained an estimated 7,808,540 users giving the country a push to 27,033,680 users by the end of 2011.

Source: (2/23/12)
Unfortunately, for 2012, there hasn't been as much growth in terms of new users for Facebook.  As of February 23, 2012, the Philippines is ranked 8th place with 27,594,420 registered users.  One factor of the sudden slowdown could possibly be that the country is reaching its saturation point with its current internet population.   The number of Philippine Facebook users constitute 92.91% of the entire Philippine Internet population.  Given those figures, there's only a remained of less than 2.5 million Philippine Internet users who aren't on Facebook yet.  And even with a 100% Philippine penetration of Facebook, we could only go far as the number of the current  Philippine Internet user total.

Given that analogy with current statistics, it looks like that 8th place is the highest place the Philippines can attain as 7th placer United Kingdom is ranked with more than 30 million Facebook users.

Source: StatCounter, Social Media for Philippines
The bright side is that the Philippines Facebook penetration rate is very high at 92.91%, one of the highest penetration rates and still is the largest social network used by Filipinos.

In addition, as of December 31, 2011, there's a 26.5% penetration rate of Facebook users for the entire Philippine population, which translates to every 1 in 4 Filipinos a registered on Facebook.

Whitney Houston's Death Causes Worldwide Spikes on Social Media

As the world is in shock over the death of music superstar Whitney Houston, people flocked to social media to express their grief as well as share their fondest memories of the music icon.

As reported by CNN, within the 1st hour the news broke, 2.4 million tweets were posted about Whitney Houston.  At its peak during that hour, there were over a thousand tweets per second.  Several colleagues and personalities in the music industry such as Mariah Carey, Usher, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Gloria Estefan, Ryan Seacrest went to twitter to share their sentiments.  Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tweeted "R.I.P. Whitney Houston. Thank you for the amazing music you brought into the world."

On Facebook, people were sharing their favorite Whitney Houston songs by posting various YouTube video clips of the music diva on their walls and sharing it with their friends.

PH Trending Topics: Feb 12, 2012 2:57pm
In the Philippines where Whitney Houston songs have been permanent fixtures on radio, in concerts, in singing contests down to karaoke and videoke favorites, 8 out of the top 10 trending topics within the first few hours were all about Whitney Houston.

Among those Twitter trending topics are R.I.P Whitney Houston,  #FavoriteWhitneySong , #IWillAlwaysLoveYouThe BodyguardWanna Dance With Somebody , GreatestLove and RuntoYou

Popular Filipino singers such as Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Carol Banawa, Christian Bautista, Sharon Cuneta and Gary Valenciano have also expressed their sentiments about Whitney's unexpected death.

Messages are a mixture of sadness, shock, condolences and gratitude for the wonderful music Whitney has shared with the world.
Charice Pempengco, who sang "I Will Always Love You" on the Ellen Degeneres Show and "I Have Nothing" on the Oprah Winfrey Show which catapulted her to international fame, tweeted about the loss of Whitney Houston comparing it to losing a relative.
Topics on Whitney Houston are anticipated to dominate Philippine social media over the next few days.

Thank you Whitney Houston for the music.

How Does Online Content Become Viral and Trending?

Here's a feature on Philippine Social Media entitled "Social Media & Pinoy Netizen"  It talks a bit on how does online content become viral and trending and actual situations where Social Media been a tool to reach out and communicate.

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