MANILA - How popular is Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III in the online community?
According to online portal Yehey.com, Aquino has double the number of online friends in his Facebook and Friendster accounts compared to presidential candidates Francis "Chiz" Escudero and Manny Villar.
Aquino has a combined total of 155,950 friends on the two popular sites followed by Escudero with 81,114 friends and Villar with 56,945.
On Twitter, Aquino also leads with 17,970 followers as of November 9, followed by Escudero with 14,679 and Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro at 3,609.
To sustain the momentum, Aquino on Tuesday 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 Aquino’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,” Aquino 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 Aquino’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 Aquino has also been staged to encourage interaction with the site’s visitors.