2013: Second star to the right, and straight on till morning

“Where do we go from here?”

The question has been on my mind lately. There was much transformation for social media in the Philippines. Many of the actors in this sphere had upped their game. And many of the bigger names are transitioning to a more responsible social media. Recent disaster, relief, and rescue operations have been instrumental in making for a more responsible social media. It can become even more responsible.

In addition to this, many of the bigger political upheavals, and transformation in 2012 had aspects played online. Whether it was the #rhbill or some other like the impeachment trial— people talked, and discussed, and trolled. It was… entertaining to say the least.

The challenges on the horizon of course is great. Social media is but a simple minority in the vast scale of things. In 2013, we will see it tested again as the cybercrime law is heard in the Supreme Court. We will see the future of social media unravel, or transform with this crucible— into what’s next. depending of course whether the Cybercrime Law passes, as well as initiatives like the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom. We will see it tested as the local election transpire, and we could see a glimpse of what such election means in 2016.

We’ve seen Social Media mature. Rappler— that blog driven by real journalists was a welcome, and interesting development. Its relative success is a barometer. The decision makers of course are keeping an eye on it. As do the rest of mainstream media. Where it goes— a CNN— built online of course is important. Rappler is an important experiment. It tests the boundary, the edge of Philippine cyberspace. How many eyeballs are there and is there real critical mass enough to make, not just social media— but real online media in the Philippines, really profitable?

What’s next? It is anybody’s guess.

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • UPnnGrd

    Hmmmmm…. so the head of PCGG says it is time for PCGG to cease to exist. Is this because the statute of limitations has been reached on the Marcos wealth? Can’t be…. the statute of limitations has not yet been reached for the Ninoy Aquino murder, and kabit those 2 cases, hindi ba?

    Or has the statute of limitatons on “Who masterminded Ninoy Aquino assatination” been reached?

  • UPnnGrd

    That CyberCrime Law is, in fact, already law.

    Very interesting —- Senator Sotto and many of Pilipinas lawmakers want it. The leader of Pilipinas none other than PersiDente NoyiNoy wants it (It meets PersiNoy’s understanding of how Pilipinas laws should be written and so, he signed it into Law).

    Standing in their way is —-> the institution that had been put in place already by PersiDente Noynoy, namely Supreme Korte.

    Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.

  • I’d say rather than leave it up in the air as a guess, it would be healthy to chart a course that sees the end game within reach, a healthy, honest, productive Philippines . . . and pursues it. My own course is twofold: (1) agitate for and against this and that, and (2) encourage Philippine bloggers to build a stronger Fifth Estate to take opinion-making out of the hands of commercial news outlets.

    Rappler is truly distinctive. An information source built on the internet rather than adapted from a newspaper or tv station. It is timely, alive with discussions, and perhaps leads the world in style and format. Nothing like it in the US, for sure.