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Pinoy Friendster Day!

Pinoy Friendster Day!

Hahaha! What’s this?! A swan song or something?

To all Friendster addicts, brace yourselves for what is hyped to be the biggest gathering yet of all Pinoy social networking users! It’s going to be held just a couple of days from now –15 August 2009, 4:00 PM– at the Music Hall of mammoth SM Mall of Asia.

But why just now when Facebook has snowballed into an unstoppable social networking giant in our shores?

And that’s the reason why I said “swan song” earlier because it appears that Facebook is slowly but surely climbing its way to the top of the heap, particularly here in the Philippines, the so-called texting and Friendster capital of the world. With Facebook’s multifarious and fun applications (Mafia Wars, FarmVille, my favorite Waka-Waka, Pet Society, etc.) which make wasting one’s time on the web much more enjoyable, it’s only a matter of time before we see Friendster give its second spot to Facebook. So far, according to internet information provider Alexa, Friendster is still on the number two spot in the country’s top 100 sites.

Although Friendster appears to have tweaked its site, offering apps as well (one can now adopt a pet by using Super Pets! ¡gaya-gaya!), it appears rather too late because as per Alexa, Friendster’s traffic history is going down the drain. Compare the graphs below:

Arroyo's ratings? Naaah, it's Friendster's.

Arroyo's ratings? Naaah, it's Friendster's.

Facebook: the new net religion!

Facebook: the new net religion!

But even without these graphs, all you have to do is look around you and observe. Almost every Filipino social networker out there has found a new home in Facebook! What also puzzles me is why more adults, as well as business executives, open up a Facebook account for themselves; as for Friendster, it’s generally popular only among the youth.

Although my Friendster account is still around, I’ve officially moved over to Facebook. I rarely visit Friendster anymore. Nevertheless, I’ll go check out what this Friendster event has to offer (it’s free to all Friendster users!) and find out if Friendster still has its power to captivate a generation. Anyway, I believe it will still take time before Facebook or any other social networking website to totally unseat Friendster from the Filipino psyche. Like it or not, Friendster has already been embedded into modern Pinoy pop culture.

Oh, by the way… is Waka-Waka the son of Pac-Man?


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