I’m very thankful for 2011, a lot of blessing came in and as well as challenges. One of my blogs (rizalpark.org) won the Top Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011, my clients continued to increase, meet new friends and learn a lot of things from the challenges offline and in social media. One good lesson I have learned this year is not to apathy to issues. Before, I never engage into online discussion nor opposed to share my thoughts a matter, until someone defaced my rizalpark.org blog. They thought their freedom has been suppressed. They used social media to gather sympathy on what they think cause, but they don’t really understand what they are fighting for.
The use of social media should be use to promote our country not to demoralized it. That’s why I believe, 2012 should be the year to promote what is positive and true. If we speak on what we believe is right and true, authors of black propaganda in the social media will be lessen or avoided. Cyberbullying like what happen to me and experienced by Chris Lao (who suffered online rough criticism) should have been avoided. Spreading of false information about Oprah’s saying Shamcey should have won the beauty contest has been contained immediately.
Social media in 2012 should be the year to promote online transparency. Politicians should use social media more to promote government transparency not just for their personal online propaganda. Instead of initiating online tweet war why not, dissemination of government policies and help promote bayanihan in the country. We should speak up, that we need “change” and do our share in promoting our country!
I think 2012 should be the start for online positivism. Social Media should be the medium of bayanihan (voluntarism) , transparency, and tourism in the country. If you feel we deserved better… we should Speak up. Speak up in resistance to mediocrity, limitations, “bahala na si batman!” and uniformity (Sama lang ng sama!). Let’s help the rebuild our country by promoting online a beautiful Philippines!
That’s why starting next year I will Speak Up for Online Positivism in 2012!