Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yahoo! Purple Thumb

Yahoo! has harnessed the power of social media and developed a first-of-its-kind election dedicated microsite called Purple Thumb (www.yourpurplethumb.com). The Purple Thumb microsite gives Filipino voters the opportunity to share user generated content, post images, videos and express their views on the 2010 Philippine election. The microsite leverages top Yahoo! properties Yahoo! Answers and Meme.

Filipino voters can join a real time election conversation from the Purple Thumb microsite; discover more about the Presidential candidates, and share election images on Meme. Additionally Yahoo! Philippines is working with media partners; ABS-CBN, Philstar.com, Manila Bulletin as well as bloggers and local NGOs to deliver balanced coverage of the election on the microsite.

The advent of social media has extended the democratic process to the digital space, allowing people to socialize with one another and at the same time gather news and information. With the help of social media tools, the rules of engagement have changed. Now, with internet access, anyone can be an online researcher, publisher and broadcaster.

Yahoo!, where over 600 million people visit every month, aims to bring together social experiences from across the web in a single place. Communities tied together by services such as Twitter, Facebook and Friendster are changing the way people gather news online.

The consumption of news has shifted from discovering "what happened" to finding out "what's happening right now.” News is no longer one sided it is now a two way conversation which connects online users and invites them to influence the creation of news as it happens.

“We believe that social media serves as an important platform in the coming elections. With the help of our content partners the Purple Thumb microsite will bring Filipino people the most comprehensive election news as it happens,” explained Jack Madrid, Yahoo! Philippines Country General Manager. “Not only do they receive the most updated news, the microsite also provides a platform to freely discuss opinions, share images, content and up to the minute news,” added Madrid.

The Yahoo! Purple Thumb Meme account hosted on the microsite can be found at hash tag #Yourpurplethumb.

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