Happy social media day

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

WHAT comes to your mind when you hear the term social media? Perhaps some people think that media is the channel that gives them a chance to send and receive information.

While some others think about that, social media is the place where they can meet and communicate with people around the world.

Being connected to the world around us has never been easier and more accessible than it is today. Social media seems to be everywhere. People constantly hear about the trending topics on Twitter, laugh at social media bloopers, and many people are obsessive about keeping up with their Facebook news feed.


June 30 is celebrated as Social Media Day. The event was launched by Mashable, a British-American news website, technology and, what else but a social media blog founded by Pete Cashmore in 2005.

Mashable launched the event in 2010 as way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes.

“Bring together those with a passion for digital and social media. Inspire conversation surrounding tech, social and digital happenings. Be a source of innovation to better our digital world,” according to the website. Hundreds of communities come together every June to participate in this global movement. How to celebrate it? Upload a photo, update your status or start a hashtag #SMDATY to start a trend.

There is no getting around the fact that social media has changed the way people interact. For the past 30 years of social media history, from letters to email to Facebook to Twitter and beyond, it certainly seems like a big part of our life.

However, this kind of event is indeed a better way to change the outlook of some of the people about how social media negatively impacts a person.

It’s worth knowing and celebrating. In Cebu City, many young people are immersed in social media. So the question is: “How is social media affecting your life?” Here are some answers.

“As a student, sometimes I don’t need to go to school to find information such as if naa ba class ugma or wala, because i-post na man lang,” said Romeilyn Macalinao, 20.

Cirila Devilleres, 52, said, “Dako kaayo og tabang ang social media kay maka- connect ko sa akong mga friends nga dugay na nakong wala nakita. Maka- update ko sa ila ug malingaw ko og post.” (Shara Ana B. Castillo, USJ-R Mass Comm Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 30, 2014.


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