Smart and Twitter Invite you to Tweet #DearPopeFrancis

Smart and Twitter Partner for #DearPopeFrancis
Smart and Twitter Partner for #DearPopeFrancis. Image courtesy of Smart Communications.

In solidarity with the faithful Catholic Filipinos, Smart Communications and Twitter has teamed up to offer unlimited access to Twitter from January 15 to 19, 2015. This promo is timed to coincide with the Official Papal Visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines. With the promo, all 69 million of Smart’s prepaid and postpaid subscribers, plus those of Sun Cellular, and Talk ‘N Text can access to Twitter for free.

Smart Subscribers are invited to to follow Pope Francis’s Official Twitter account @Pontifex. Filipinos are encouraged to send their wishes, prayers, and other messages to the Pope via the account and with the hashtag #DearPopeFrancis. This includes photos and videos uploaded through Twitter. Through the account and the service, Filipinos and other faithful Catholics can get real time updates about the Pope’s visit.

Pope Francis, through @Pontifex and other accounts, is the second most followed world leader on Twitter. He has 9 accounts in different languages and his tweets are always retweeted hundred thousand times over.

PLDT and Smart President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno states that “With this collaboration, Smart and Twitter aim to allow more Filipinos to get involved and immerse in this historic experience with Pope Francis, who our Catholic nation hold very dear to our heart.”
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The Importance of Online Presence for Businesses

When you search for a product, a seller or a service provider, you rarely visit the yellow pages anymore. And sometimes, you’re even too lazy to ask the people around you. And why should you? Search engines such as Google can easily provide with answers to almost every question, need, or want you have. Need to have flowers delivered? Search online. Need the number for the fastfood delivery service? Search online. Need a new phone or laptop? Search online. Want that coveted limited edition comic? Search online.

In this day and age, it is a must for all businesses, offline and online, to have an online presence. Businesses from different industries have their own website, forum, page, or blog. Or they hire or work with content managers and writers to create content about their business. It is not anymore a frivolous or vain thing to have and maintain. It is a must.

And not only must every business have a website, page, or blog… it must be a good one with all the necessary information that a potential customer, buyer, or investor needs. More importantly, it must have a contact system through which they can contact you. And you, the business owner or manager, must be able to answer all queries with due haste. And appropriately and professionally. No matter how stupid or nonsensical the inquiry might be.

And yes, you must include social media tools in your online presence. Facebook, Twitter, and other sites can greatly help you grow your business IF done properly.

Not only must you have a good website with good content and great feedback mechanism, you must also be aware of what people are saying online about you and your business. Businesses must know online business reputation management or must hire somebody to help him with it. Why? Because no matter how great your website is and how wonderful your customer service is, one angry customer can bring business down with an angry post in a blog or forum somewhere.

Having an online presence is definitely a must if you want to grow your business. But for it to be effective, you must make sure that it is done properly and it is backed by great customer service and a measurable amount of online reputation management.

Managing Your Online Reputation

The internet is full of information. Whether these are true or false, accurate or not… doesn’t really matter to a lot of people. In the age of information, people, unfortunately, aren’t so keen on weeding out what is the verifiable truth to that which is purely a fabrication.

This is why online reputation management can be tough and tricky. Especially for those who don’t understand how the internet works.

The internet is a vast repository of texts, images, videos, audio clips, and whathaveyous that will make these information available to everybody for a long time. Forever might be too much of a word to use in this context, but yes… most, if not all of the information about you that is online will be there forever.

Imagine your future boss, business partner, investor, fiance, or even children having access to this information. If not now, maybe 5, 10, 20, 100 years from now. Scary thought, right?

What might seem like a fun or funny drunken moment can become a lifetime of embarrassment. What seems to be a minor lapse of judgment can create a pr disaster for you or your company.

Enter It is a comprehensive online reputation and privacy management company. It has a unique users dashboard which has a “search-and-destroy” function. This will considerable help you manage your personal information that is available on the internet. And yes, you can “destroy” those information that you don’t want the world to access.

Through AOL, you can avail of products such as MyPrivacy, MyReputationDiscovery,
ReputationDiscover, and the MyPrivacy Bundle.

So go ahead, face the information age with your chin up, unafraid of a wrong or mismanaged online reputation. But first, sign up for

Twitter to Launch in Filipino Soon


Twitter will be launching in Filipino/Tagalog soon. One of the most popular micro-blogging and social media sites, Twitter, will be launching in Tagalog/Filipino soon.

On July 26, 2011, Twitter’s Translation Center opened up to Tagalog (Filipino) translators. Taking into account the cultural aspects of translation, Twitter worked with volunteers in order to present Twitter in Tagalog.

With this translation and Twitter’s translation to other languages, Twitter hopes to reach a wider audience. Twitter now supports 17 languages. Already with 100 million active users, Twitter is now accessible to more users.