The Internet has always been one of the greatest inventions humanity has ever created. Communication and information is at our fingertips. It defies human intelligence that no one has ever thought of. It created possibilities that are very useful to the entire humankind. And one of those possibilities is Social Media.
Social Media according to the definition is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration.
With the mushrooming of technology, social media is also escalating its power to provide information in most easiest and fastest way; influencing people in its most favorable way. However, just like everything else, there’s a downside to Social Media. Sometimes it creates misconceptions that it usually loses its fashion and its credibility which greatly affect not a single person but an entire community. Therefore, Social Media should be a tool for change–a change that humanity is dreaming for.
Social Media Day was launched four (4) years ago. There were reasons why it was created. Simply to inform, educate and spread awareness to netizens and the people. Last June 27, 2015 was the 4th Social Media Day in the Philippines held at Museo Pambata in the City of Manila. Hundreds of netizens flocked in the said event. It was a celebration of the power of social media. The global event was spearheaded by Mashable and was made possible here in the Philippines–the social media capital of the world. Together with communities, partners, and volunteers led by TweetUpMNL since 2012. All those communities (including IGersManila), partners and volunteers gathered and set up their booths and provided noteworthy activities for the participants. Aside from getting and acquiring new trends, apps and other social media functions, fora were also conducted, with local guests from some of the most influential people in social media today including Antoinette Jadaone, the director of the blockbuster indie movie, That Thing Called Tadhana.
But it wasn’t just a celebration, it was a revolution. A revolution engaging and aiming for change. As we march closer to our Presidential Election, it was the perfect time for us netizens to voice out what change we want–for our country. We have the will to influence people. We should take advantage the power of social media in most honest way. We aim to provide information, help and cater people’s needs as much as we can. We channel to every Filipino around the world to help build and create a better Philippines.
Indeed, it was a festive day for everyone. It was also a day of friendship where everyone had a chance to meet new people and gain friends. Smiles were contagious and excitement slithered all over the place. Exhaustion was never part of the event. Just like any celebration, everyone went home with pockets full of prices and freebies. Social Media Day 2015 was definitely celebrated with a bang!
We are the people. We are the Social Media…and we ALWAYS know how to keep the good vibes rolling!
See y’all at the next #SocialMediaDay!
See photos below by our fellow #igers!