Should My Town Use Social Media?

Posted by Raine Pal In , , | 0 comments»
Before the Philippines was coined as the "texting capital of the world"  now the "social networking capital of the world"  not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.



The Philippines today is using different social media as part of communication and interactive activity.


Photo credit to  ideaover10.com




As we define  Social media includes web- and mobile-based technologies which are used to turn communication into an interactive dialogue among organizations, communities, and individuals.


The question here is, SHOULD MY TOWN USE SOCIAL MEDIA?


Well, I guess YES and NO is my answer.  




YES. Why? The use of SOCIAL MEDIA help a lot of the productivity in the low-productivity Philippines. In this we can easily gain access to the things we wanted. For example; as a housewife having a bank account, it lets us use credit card to buy online.  The vast majority of consumer transactions in the Philippines (even water, electricity, rent) is done in online now.


As for brand awareness, Smart, Nescafé and Starbucks are already everywhere (TV, billboards) and even FACEBOOK PAGE AD adds much more to their product promotion.


For emergency assistance: Calling DAVAO CENTRAL 911 we can easily call them for help because of a mobile-based technology we can text or call them 24/7.


Social network penetration is amazingly high in the Philippines, reaching 95%. Facebook is the country's most popular website, more so than Google, and has a penetration rate of 93.9%.


And most of all the communication with other relatives living abroad makes possible because of SOCIAL MEDIA. 




NO.  This attitude towards society translates perfectly into web/mobile social media where privacy is constantly invaded and is a significant part in appropriation of social media in the Philippines.
I think it would also be useful to consider the importance of privacy issues. Here in my town, people are not as focused on privacy issues as folks in the other countries (being one of the biggest hang-ups that Facebook users complain about). 


In fact, in some of the languages of the Filipino people here is no word for "private" (and if there is, not in the same sense). People will literally walk into your room without asking or "invade your privacy" without a second thought. 


This attitude towards society translates perfectly into internet social media where privacy is constantly invaded and is a major factor in appropriation of social media here in the Philippines. 


That being said, would love to see someone go out and research/compare the types of tweets/status updates that are appearing in various different countries. Could be a good pulse on cultural reactions to social media.


Maybe in other hand we can say that we need a SOCIAL MEDIA here in our country but we have to be responsible enough on how to use it positively.   


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