Last Saturday (June 30, 2012), was Social Media Day! In celebration for this event, the Davao Bloggers arranged a convention where my Father was asked to speak. Of course we went to it, and it was fun. First of, there was a getting to know activity, where some people were given a piece of paper with characteristics of people on it (examples are “below 20 years old”, “name starts with letter ‘A’” and “wearing sneakers”), it was fun and we met a few people. And of course, what’s a party without pizza? One of the speakers (Justin Cooke from AdSense Flippers) brought pizza and some drinks, so thank you to that speaker. After a short break, it was time for the speakers to take the stage!
There were a total of 4 speakers, including my Dad, who were asked a few questions. After the host asked the questions, some audience members asked some of their own questions. After speaking, my Dad was given a certificate of appreciation. The next thing that happened was a game, but we didn’t stick around long enough to catch that, it was getting late.
There were quite a few people there, like the owner of Hollywood Burgers, a friend of my Dad from Gensan, and quite a few others. There were people tweeting, facebooking, photographing, and videoing the event. The event it’self was quite simple, the flow was a game first, a snack, speakers are asked some questions, then another game, but that’s all we got to.
Now let’s talk about Social Media Day in general. First off, I didn’t even know there was a “Social Media Day” until we got to the event, but they did present some interesting points, such as, that there were 200 (not really sure on this number, but if memory serves right I think it’s 200) other cities around the world also celebrating Social Media Day. To me, it’s a cool thing, I mean it’s not everyday that you really think about all this stuff, like social media (not just Facebook or twitter, as my Dad pointed out while speaking about it, he said his site is also a social media site, an example of this is the comment section) and how it has become a huge part of our lives, I can’t even go a day without checking my Facebook once, since all my friends use it for important things, like our class has a group on Facebook, and my band has a group. Ateneo, my school, has also got into social media, this year has introduced a new system they use called moodle, it’s like virtual learning, only it combines both worlds to create a sort of hybrid, we answer our assignments there, review our activities, and we can use it to chat with classmates or schoolmates.
So that’s basically it, social media has and will be an important thing in our lives, whether it’s for business, friends, or just something to do when you’re bored. I hope you will have a great Social Media Day next year!
Aaron Martin, also called "AJ," is the son of Bob & Feyma Martin. Aaron is a graduate at Ateneo de Davao University High School in Davao City, Philippines. Aaron was born in the USA, but has lived in the Philippines since age 3.