Below is an exchange of tweets posted by a person who uses the Twitter handle, @tagasalog, @CebuPacificAir, and (maestro, music please) myself. From the looks of it, @tagasalog got on a Cebu Pacific flight that got delayed. (I don’t think I’ve met @tagasalog before although he says in one direct message that he hangs out in Quezon City a lot when I asked him his name.)
(Below is a slightly edited piece I’ve written for a blog that has gone offline for more than a year now and was posted in 2012 when I was still working for InterAksyon.com.)
Jim Libiran, director of the critically-acclaimed independent film Tribu, was contradicting himself.
“The revolution will not be posted on Facebook,” he said on Friday [April 13, 2012]. [See: Tribu, Jim Libiran]
If true, then the group of media people he brought together wouldn’t be in SM Megamall that evening in the first place.
On December 12, 2012—yes, 12-12-12—InterAksyon.com got what you may call a break.
Minutes after the Pope posted his first historic tweet, InterAksyon got the ball rolling and wrote an article about it, which included his tweet and reactions to it, all embedded in one story using Storify.com. [See: The Pope has tweeted]
Oh, yes it did.
As I was checking out 140-character messages of several popular individuals on—where else?—Twitter, I was surprised to find out that a former co-worker took to the microblogging platform to express what he felt. Continue reading
Which explains the limited number of tweets I posted.
It only goes to show the amount of important stuff I was able to understand.
But that’s another story.
For four days last week, my bosses at InterAksyon—with minimal nudging from me—allowed me to participate in a training program organized by Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).
It’s so nice they named it twice.
Or so says American jazz singer Carmen McRae.
But she wasn’t talking—let alone singing—about Novaliches, a district in Quezon City, Philippines which also happens to be the location of my office.
What exactly is retweeting anyway?
It’s a question that has me stumped.
Is a retweet an endorsement—subtle or otherwise—or is it a sentiment expressed to bring attention to something that was posted on Twitter? Continue reading