#MissUniverse coronation gets over 34.6 million tweets

The excitement of Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@PiaWurztbach) victory at the 2015 Miss Universe was once again felt when the Miss Universe got hosted in the Philippines. Hosted by none other than Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey), the 2016 Miss Universe coronation event was held at the SM Mall of Asia in the Philippines. Everyone was tuned in to Twitter to see what happened with #6thMissUniverse including myself. I don’t normally watch Miss Universe but I could not ignore the tweets.

From the contestants’ beautiful gowns to the unique national costumes; fans all over the world turned to Twitter to spark up the conversation. There were more than 34.6 million-related Tweets exchanged during the coronation event – the highest Tweet volume for an entertainment event during the live show.

But more than anything, it was Iris Mittenaere (@IrisMittenaereO) who was ultimately crowned as the#65thMissUniverse. This young beauty from France has been pursuing dentistry and loves to cook.

Here are the most Tweeted about contestants during the coronation event:

Below are the top 5 moments during the live coronation event:

The event also marked the final walk of @PiaWurztbach on stage as the crown holder of Miss Universe. Filipinos shared their thoughtful messages on Twitter, thanking Pia for bringing honor and pride to the Philippines.

Filipinos also Tweeted out their big support to Maxine Medina (@maxinemedina) even though her journey ended in the Top 6 round of the pageant.



Many local and international personalities also shared their thoughts and opinions about the result of the Miss Universe pageant. More Tweets can also be seen in this Twitter Moments.

The art of tweeting

By Richard Leo Ramos, as originally posted at the Philippine Online Chronicles/ Blog Watch

Today’s world has one foot in the virtual. Just as much as people still meet up to have drinks and exchange stories, so, too, do we have online communities and networks where we spend a good part of our time daily, updating people on what we’re doing in real life, what we’re thinking, or even how we are reacting to some bit of online information or news.

One of the more popular messaging-type social networks is known as Twitter. However, given how peculiar and limited Twitter is, it is actually amazing that it has become so popular.

Welcome to Twitterverse
Twitter is a social media application. Formed in 2006, it is one of the earliest example of a cross-platform social media network. While you can use it on a desktop or laptop computer using either the main Twitter app or TweetDeck, Twitter is probably at its best when loaded as an app in your mobile device of choice, be it a smartphone or a tablet.
Now, one of the big limitations that first-time users have with Twitter is the 140-character limit. Now, do take note that this is a character limit, so spaces, punctuation, and other symbols are also included in the count. Twitter and TweetDeck have character counters, so you will know if your message will not fit.

How do you use Twitter?

Many people usually use Twitter as a stream-of-consciousness “thought feed,” and admittedly, it works on that level, given how immediate Twitter can be. Here are some tips on how you can “maximize” the Twitter experience.

Define your audience

You should define for yourself first whom your Twitter account is for.
Are you using Twitter to keep in touch with friends? Are you using it so you and your friends can keep an ongoing conversation even if you do not see each other often?

If that is the case, then you should set your Twitter as a private feed. This way, you will not get embarrassing publicized tweets that can be scandalous or damaging to your reputation. You should also be careful about whom you include in your Twitter network, since what you say can be taken out of context too easily, given the online world seems to remove from us some language and thought filters.
On the other hand, are you using Twitter for promotional or soapbox purposes? If so, then a public Twitter account is best. This applies for both personal and corporate feeds. If you do want to have a public Twitter account, do make sure that you always think twice before posting anything, so you will not have to post a tweet that can either turn you into a laughingstock, or start an online war.

If you are using apps like TweetDeck that can shift in-between accounts, you should even be more careful. All you have to do is use a Google search to see how many celebrities have tweeted private opinions or nude photos to their public accounts by accident to know that you should be careful with apps that can switch between multiple accounts. If you feel that you are better off manually signing in and out of your various Twitter accounts, then you should stay with the classic Twitter app, where, even though the mobile version can switch between accounts, you have to switch consciously, rather than have the accounts lined up in your type-in window.


Some people really need to use more than 140 characters to get their point across. While there are special apps and sites that allow you to tweet longer messages, these work as another step in the tweet process, as the tweet they put up will probably just have a short link (for an example of this, see http://bitly.com). If you want a range of options for tweeting longer, all you need to do is use Google, and enter the key words “tweet longer.” Do be aware that you should see reviews on some of these sites before you use them, as some of them could also take over your Twitter account.

Of course, the real question is: why would you need to have a longer Twitter message? It actually makes the idea of tweeting somewhat useless, since the idea behind the 140-character limit is that you should be able to say something while on the go, or in between real-life activities.

Hashtags, #right

Now, some people may be wondering what hashtags are. In the Twitter world, hashtags are usually words or phrases (if a phrase, the without spaces in between), which can be used as a form of keyword or metatags. This is usually preceded by the hash symbol – for example: #thePOC. What this does is create a reference word, so if you type the hashtag in the search bar in Twitter or other third-party Twitter apps, you can follow trending topics. For example, if you want to keep track of the Sochi Olympics, all you have to do is use #Sochi2014.

Now, the hashtag has actually become a marketing device, where it is used as a social media “anchor phrase” for events, TV shows, and anything you want to have a hashtag “brand” on. It has become so popular that even Facebook has adopted hashtags lately.

However, since you do have a 140-character limit, it is probably a good idea that if you want to start a hashtag campaign, that you come up with something short and sweet. For example, #breakfastwithfriends may not be the best hashtag ever. You could try something shorter, like simply naming it #friends or #foodtrip. Of course, for some people the comedy is in using long hashtags, so you can use and abuse this idea depending on what you want to say.


followmeontwitterBefore we forget, you may want to think about your Twitter account name (@name). While a profile name like @Ilikebewbsmay be funny when you are younger, it can be a source of embarrassment as you get older, and will probably mean you have to get a new account once you are looking for a job. It is a good idea to use your name, or a pun on your name. Some even combine a favorite subject matter, like a TV show or anime show, with their name. What is important to think about is if you, as the person, will find the Twitter account name relevant for long-term use.

What about text speak?

To be honest, if your intended audience can understand text speak, then use it. Remember, with a 140-character limit, you should strike a balance between being understood, and putting in as much information as possible.
Finally, what you should remember is that while your tweet may just be a throwaway thought or announcement, but you also have to be aware that mistakes can persist or be preserved in the online world. Even if you have erased it from your own accounts, it may still be floating somewhere else. Do be careful and give more thought to your tweeting.

Images by Riku LuGarett Heath and Woofer Kyyiv from Flickr.com. Used under CC license. Some rights reserved.

I got a Four Square badge on Happy 4sqDay!

Foursquare users have checked in 2 billion times in the last two years, according to the 4sqDay badge message I received today. On average, that’s 100 times each — “suggesting that while checking in may be the least prevalent smartphone activity, those who do use Foursquare do so frequently.”

Here is my badge

In 2010, foursquare fans declared April 16 4sqDay (4/4^2 – nerds after our own heart!). Two years and two billion check-ins later, you’re still why we get out of bed each day. Thanks to all 20 million of you for making us part of your lives. Happy 4sqDay!

So I am one in the 20 million Four Square users. I remember the first time I got a Newbie badge two years ago on February 19, 2010 when I checked in at SM Marikina.

Congrats on your first check-in! In foursquare, you earn badges for your best check-ins – like going to museums, staying out late, or working out at the gym ten times in a month. Have fun exploring!

Since then, I have received a total of 38 badges.

Four Square says I am an expertise in 16 areas. How I love being the jet-setter.

Expertise badges represent who you are and what you know best. Whether you’re a pizza connoisseur or a sushi fiend, your badge levels reflect how much you’ve explored in the real world. As we introduce new ones, we’ll make sure you have the level appropriate to your exploration, so all you have to do is level up.

I love using Four Square because it helps me document the places I went to. During my vacation to Australia, I kept checking in to the new places. One time, I had to go back to the drug store where I bought my medicines. Good thing it was stored in Four Square. Sometimes I don’t like the idea that I can be stalked. One time, someone went up to me at a coffee shop to say hi…I don’t even know the person but apparently he knows me. That’s fine if the person is someone in my network but it can be creepy.

Do you use Foursquare?

Google+ Hangout Has New Features (Plus Anyone Can Sign Up for Google+)

If you thought Google+ use is on the decline, think again. The Google+ team just made two exciting announcements. The first is that there’s no need to wait for an invite – Google+ is now open to the public, and anyone can easily sign up for an account. The second announcement is that its video conferencing service Google+ Hangout just got even better. You can now “Hangout” with your friends on your Android 2.3 device, and their new feature called Hangouts on Air allows you to broadcast your video session to anyone who’s interested. Other awesome features include:

* Screensharing. Now you can easily show off your vacation photos or a computer how-to.
* Sketchpad. Collaborate with fellow artists as you doodle and draw together.
* Google Docs. You can work with your colleagues from wherever you are and write or plan on Google Docs
* Named hangouts. Like the chatrooms of old, you can join or create a hangout for topics like music, fashion, or sports.

Enjoy these features as soon as you sign up for an account at plus.google.com.

Tatt Awards Nomination Ends on July 14

Give your favorite online media personality the recognition he or she deserves with the first ever Tatt Awards, sponsored by the Globe Internet brand Tattoo. This award is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of influential bloggers and Twitterers who use their respective platforms to ignite passion and awareness about current events or issues that are dear to them. It’s not a mere popularity contest; the Tatt Awards will look beyond a person’s online followers and see how he or she expressed opinions or spurred socially relevant messages or changes that have influenced their followers to act.

You can send in your nominations for the Tatt Awards by going to www.tattoo.globe.com.ph/tattawards. Nominations are open for the following categories:

* The One – the most influential trendsetter that shaped opinion, moved people and prompted action
* Ballbreaker – a blogger or a Twitter user who started a debate, sparked conversations or a revolution of opinions with just one hard-hitting post
* Stylisimo – a person that not only reviewed fashion but also set a trend one that everyone followed
* Indie Rocker – a musical band or indie artist who fought hard to claim their space in the hearts of Filipino audience via webtime
* Wordslayer – a blogger whose mastery of words showed wit, humor and grit to the Philippine blogosphere
* Artiste – an inspiring person whose fiery passion for creating visual art through original graphic design, animation or photography has caught fire in the Philippine online art scene
* Tech Junkie – a blogger, podcaster or Twitter user who shares access to the latest in trends and the fast pace world of e-knowledge
* Thought-mover – a Twitter user who sparked a fire in the Philippine Twittersphere with one unique hashtag
* Video Slinger – an individual or group who shook the Pinoy web space with thought-provoking or entertaining video.
* The Advocate – a person or a group of individuals who worked to improve the state of societal cause in the Philippines through social media

As soon as the nominations are closed, a Tatt Award Council will determine the winner for the categories, who will receive 100,000 Pesos in cash each and premium broadband products from Tattoo. Expect the big announcements within August 2011! The Tatt Award Council is led by Dong Ronquillo, who will collectively serve as judges to determine the winners in ten Tatt Awards categories. The Council members are award-winning journalist and ABS-CBN News & Public Affairs social media pioneer News and Current Affairs Maria Ressa, revolutionary online educator and Rock Ed Philippines founder Gang Badoy, prolific lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur Cecile Zamora-Van Straten, esteemed tech blogger and Tattoo ambassador Rico Mossesgeld, popular video blogger and director Kring Elenzano, RX radio DJ Chico Garcia and President of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association Hans Roxas-Chua.

You only have until July 14 to nominate your favorite social media personality, so head to www.tattoo.globe.com.ph/tattawards now!