I started running down the list of senatorial candidates for the upcoming midterm election since last month and one of my requirements and/or things I consider are candidates who has a stand on social media and online engagement. As a new media, I am also interested to elect those who can equally protect and support our platform as a source of information.
This month, I was able to gather some information about UNA Senatorial Candidate and San Juan Representative JV Ejercito Estrada. Found out that he is considered one of the most active netizen-politicans in the Philippines today. He loves to connect with his 24,962 followers on Twitter. The young lawmaker does the same with his Facebook account, where he posts his daily activities to update 5,159 friends on his personal account, and more than 100,000 followers on his Fan Page.
Of course more than these engagements, it is nice to know that a senatoriables understand the plight and benefits of using these social media as a means of reaching constituents and people who uses these accounts to voice their opinion. These engagement will help our lawmakers hear the voice of the people, equally. “I think Twitter and Facebook are currently the fastest and most convenient ways to get in touch with the youth and Filipinos all in other parts of the world. Best of all, they are free,” he said.
And on the role of social media in his campaign for the 2013 elections, Ejercito Estrada said he intends to share his legislative agenda to 30 million active Facebook users and 9.5 million active Twitter users in the Philippines.
“Many people doubt if I really do the posting on Facebook and Twitter. I do it myself because I like being hands-on. Also, after a day’s hard work, it’s therapeutic to share what you’ve done to the online community,” said Ejercito Estrada. This personal touch is probably why he has been able to engage a good number of his followers and friends over the past few months. The KLOUT score is an indicator of his influence and not just his popularity online. Beyond the number of friends and followers on various social networks, which continue to post striking growth, the KLOUT score manifests the level of influence that he has attained since becoming a “netizen” in 2010.
He is also very vocal in supporting Freedom of Information Bill. (FOI)
“Since I filed my certificate of candidacy, I have received a lot of input from the online community — encouraging words, offers of support, and even questions on my advocacies and my competency — all of which contribute to honing our campaign to be responsive to the needs and expectations of our electorate,” added JV.
As a youth advocate, he said being an active netizen enables him to be up to date with the latest trends and other developments concerning young people.”Youth development is one of my advocacies as a public servant. So being able to interact with students on a daily basis through Twitter and Facebook allows me to identify their needs and help them,” the solon said.
Will feature more of good practices, interesting platforms and other related best practices here but for now,UNA Senatorial Candidate and San Juan Representative is a fellow social media colleague. His KLOUT is 73! very engaging. I hope others would follow too so that they will understand the importance of social media.
You can follow him at @jvejercito.