TechTalk: Of public opinion and social networks

Its just the beginning of the year and the social networks are already amass with different discussions and opinions, and mind you, its not about new year resolutions or some melodramatic life experience — its about pertinent social issues that may actually affect each one of us. Public opinion back then, was strong. But public opinion now, in this digital age is stronger.  During the times when social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Youtube were non-existent, the people took to the streets to make themselves heard. Print media was the measure of public opinion, along with posters. But now, the media for public opinion has evidently increased, adding on the list, the giants of social networking — and it seems to be working very very well. Take for example what happened to the SOPA and PIPA bill, both were protested by a lot of people who did not necessarily rally on the streets to be noticed, but instead, they “tweeted”, “retweeted”, “commented”, and “liked”.  Not to mention “blogged” and “reblogged” and “shared” just to get their sentiments known.  The results, as you probably have already heard of, were remarkable.  The voting for the bills did not go through. Back in our own country, the Impeachment Trial of the Chief Justice is the one being feasted on.  If you have twitter, search for the hashtag #cjontrial and you’ll find literally hundreds of conversations regarding the day to day happenings inside and outside the impeachment court.  You might be also surprised how smart the comments are.  In facebook, there are shared videos, notes and pictures that stand for a...