Blogopolis is like a blog congress where both bloggers & advertisers get to learn more about blogging, the social media & how to maximize it. This year’s theme is #IntoTheWild wherein WILD stands for Weaving Information for the Leaders of the Digital World! Blogging & social media can indeed be very tricky. Sometimes, it feels like as soon as you’ve figured out the game, the rules change! We are grateful to have been invited to speak again in this year’s Blogopolis event and we were equally excited to listen to what everyone had to share! During the talks, I kept on jotting down notes & live tweeting some quotable quotes from some of our speakers: Jim Paredes, Maria Ressa of Rappler.com & Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First (also my motto in life), TJ Manotoc & Chuckie Dreyfus.
…and we just had to inject that quote on the last line. Sorry, we can’t help it!
The series of talks was opened by the very inspiring Maria Ressa. She shared with us how the digital world can help each other in the spirit of Bayanihan. Currently, in the light of the recent Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), to find the missing persons, Rappler has teamed up with Google for database management, Department of Social Welfare & Development for the names of the missing victims plus Facebook for its face recognition capabilities. Rappler.com was awarded the Ripple Effect–a well deserved one at that!
Clockwise: Abe Olandres of Yugatech.com, also the country manager of Nuffnang, Lori Baltazar of Dessert Comes First talking about the importance of quality content, TJ Manotoc of AncAlerts talking about how netizens make it to the headlines and Jim Paredes imparting words of wisdom & saying that one is not a netizen if s/he has not been praised or condemned. Kids, you see, long before Twitter, the song composed by Jim Paredes “Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo” which became the theme song of the 1986 EDSA Revolution. So you can say he trended even for trending was invented It’s just amazing that he continues to have a strong influence in the online community years later.
Clockwise: Divine Lee hosting the games for the night, Jackie Go of GoJackieGo.com winning one of her three awards & prizes that night, second host for the night Justin Quirino, host Franco Mabanta (a.k.a. Jasper from a Coke / Globe ad years back).
Clockwise: Jeff Lo of PinoyFitness.com talking about the importance of an interactive online community, Ana Gonzales & Aisa Ipac sharing how they’ve hosted a successful series of Bloggers United Events, Christine Dychiao of ManilaFashionObserver.com sharing what tools can bloggers use to drive back traffic to their blog & 2/3 of The Soshal Network joining the panel.
Above: A quick Q&A with Jim Paredes as interviewed (a.k.a. cornered by) his nephew & host for the night Franco Mabanta about his (more…)