NOYNOY LEADS PRESIDENTIABLES ONLINE
Launches “60 seconds with Noy” video blog to sustain Web presence
MIRRORING the popularity of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in recent surveys, the online presence and buzz about the Liberal Party standard-bearer have also spiked.
In top online social networking sites Facebook and Friendster, Noynoy is leading the pack with almost double the “friends’ list” of his nearest opponent, according to the tracking of online portal Yehey.com.
Noynoy has a combined total of 155,950 friends on the two popular sites followed by Chiz Escudero with 81,114 friends and Manny Villar with 56,945.
On Twitter, Noynoy also leads with 17,970 followers as of November 9, followed by Chiz with 14,679 and Gibo Teodoro at 3,609.
To sustain the momentum, Noynoy today launched his video blog—the only one among candidates to mount such an initiative. Dubbed as “60 Seconds with Noy,” the video blog will be a series of 18 episodes to be posted online in the run-up to the November 30 deadline for the filing of candidacies.
The video blog, according to Noynoy’s director for communications, Yoly Ong, will offer an “unscripted and raw look” of Noynoy to allow voters to better know the presidential candidate, his advocacies and his planned platform of governance.
“The Internet is a very important medium for voter education. It allows us to reach the growing Internet-savvy, Filipino population relying on the Internet as an important source of information. It also allows us to reach Filipinos overseas who have very limited access to Philippine tri-media and who we are unlikely to reach through our sorties,” Noynoy told a group of online media and bloggers in a video satellite conference from his Times Street residence. WiT and GeoMedia donated the use of the satellite technology for Noynoy’s campaign.
The video blog is just the latest in Noynoy’s foray in cyberspace. His website Noynoy.ph has already generated 75,000 page views since its launch. An ongoing contest to upload and select the avatar for Noynoy has also been staged to encourage interaction with the site’s visitors.