We would never have guessed that San Juan Representative JV Ejercito Estrada is a netizen himself. We know he has a 24,176 followers on Twitter and 101,770 Likes on his Facebook page (as of our recent profiling), but never did it crossed our mind that the UNA Senatorial candidate is more than net savvy as well. Surprisingly, JV Ejercito has a KLOUT Score of 73.
For those who don’t know, KLOUT is a social media tool that measures a certain individual how influential he or she might be on the social media world. KLOUT measures and calculate statistics from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks to give the most accurate percentage and ratings of the influencers analytics. The higher your KLOUT Score, the highest your influence and interactions on the web.
And another surprising thing that we’ve found out, JV personally handles his social media accounts, with support from his staff.
“Many people doubt if I really do the posting on Facebook and Twitter. I do it myself because I like being hands-on. Also, after a day’s hard work, it’s therapeutic to share what you’ve done to the online community,” said JV. Well, upon checking his KLOUT profile, we saw his recent postings – the latest of which was greeting his son Emilio on his 13th birthday.
This personal touch is probably why he has been able to engage a good number of his followers and friends over the past few months. The KLOUT score is an indicator of his influence and not just his popularity online. Beyond the number of friends and followers on various social networks, which continue to post striking growth, the KLOUT score manifests the level of influence that he has attained since becoming a netizen in 2010.
He’s in a close-tie grid with famous blogger Noem Lardizabal-Dado on the KLOUT Score 73, while he moves away from Malacañang Deputy Presidential Spokesperson, Abi Valte whose KLOUT Score soars at 64.
Tech and Mobile Gadgets
San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada says he never fails to check and regularly update his social media accounts through his Blackberry, iPhone, and iPad mini: “It’s been my habit to check replies and posts as soon as I wake up, during my free time, when I’m traveling, and just before I go to sleep.”
He posts his daily activities to update 5,159 friends on his personal Facebook account.
“I think Twitter and Facebook are currently the fastest and most convenient ways to get in touch with the youth and Filipinos all in other parts of the world. Best of all, they are free,” he said.
On the role of social media in his campaign for the 2013 elections, JV said he intends to share his legislative agenda to 30 million active Facebook users and 9.5 million active Twitter users in the Philippines.
“Since I filed my certificate of candidacy, I have received a lot of input from the online community — encouraging words, offers of support, and even questions on my advocacy and my competency — all of which contribute to honing our campaign to be responsive to the needs and expectations of our electorate,” added JV.
While some netizens use social networking sites as a venue to rant against politicians, he believes that the government must not be given the power to regulate the online activity of Filipinos. The young lawmaker noted that the Cyber-crime Law contains provisions which practically permits the state to suppress freedom of speech and persecute its political foes.
As a youth advocate, he said being an active netizen enables him to be up to date with the latest trends and other developments concerning young people.
“Youth development is one of my advocacy as a public servant. So being able to interact with students on a daily basis through Twitter and Facebook allows me to identify their needs and help them,” the solon said.
- Does Klout Score Really Matter? (community.constantcontact.com)
- JV Ejercito gets boost from big brother (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
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