Citizens use social media to complain vs 'defective PCOS'

by Arlene Burgos, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 13 2013 04:56 PM | Updated as of May 14 2013 01:27 AM

The term 'PCOS' continues to trend in Twitter as reports of alleged mafunction pour in the social media.

MANILA, Philippines – Complaints against the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines echoed through the four walls of social media during Monday’s Philippine midterm elections, pushing ‘PCOS’ to a Twitter trending topic for most of the morning.

The same was reflected in the monitoring of the ABS-CBN-IBM Social Media Tracker, where mentions of anything PCOS-related numbered to 10,070 between 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

According to this tracker, social media conversations about ‘PCOS’ peaked between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. at 3,595 mentions of the machine (up by 73.09% in mentions from the previous hour). At this time, there were numerous references to observed errors or failure of the PCOS machines to work properly and promptly.

Twitter, in particular, was peppered with words "defective"and permutations of the key word "malfunctioning" opposite the word ‘PCOS’. There was even a play on “hocus pocus” and ‘PCOS’, thus the coinage "hocuspcos".

The terms “brownout” and “blackout” figured into the mentions also. The most number of mentions for these words, for the monitoring period 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., came between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

‘Halalan2013’ trends

Halalan2013: Trending na!

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN News’ ‘Halalan 2013’ coverage landed among the Twitter trending topics for the Philippines mid-morning on Monday.

Halalan 2013 is so far the only news coverage-based hashtag for the Philippine elections to have landed in the trending topics.

Figures culled by the ABS-CBN-IBM Social Media Tracker showed that ‘Halalan2013’ gathered double the number of mentions its competitors’ hashtags did during the morning.

Turning negative

Social media posts classified by the tracker, meanwhile, appeared to be turning ‘negative’ as the voting proceeded.

While positive comments about the elections qualified by the social media tracker represented as much as 24%, this share shrunk as the day progressed, outweighed by posts categorized as negative.

The rise in negative comments coincided with numerous posts complaining against the PCOS machines.

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