For human rights activists who attended the two-day Digital Activism training in Tagaytay, being “followed” does not necessarily mean one’s life is at risk – it could be a signal of support for the organization.
Sponsored by the Asia Foundation, the training held last June 17 and 18 at Taal Vista Hotel helped rights defenders in getting their message across the Internet more effectively through Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms and web tools.
Popular Filipino bloggers Tonyo Cruz, Janette Toral, Benj Espina, John Arce and Ellen Tordesillas discussed a host of web-related topics as 20 participants go twittering throughout the training using the event’s hashtag (#eactivism).
A total of 199 tweets with #eactivism have been recorded for the event, or 100 tweets per training day.
Event organizers have yet to determine whether such hyperactive twittering was spurred by the incentive given by Toral (she promised top Twitterers a copy of her book) or by the excellent dining experience.
Quick facts from the training:
– Music videos most accessed entertainment form, followed by movie trailers (Yahoo!-Nielsen 2010 survey)
– Filipinos the most avid viewers of videos online, accrding to a McCann suvey in 30 countries
– Each Filipino sends at least 10 txt msgs a day; 1 to 2 billion text msgs a day