Looks like Friendster is not the only web 2.0 application that is being utilized by Philippine 2007 Senatorial elections candidate. Inquirer.net reports:
The battle for attention is getting out of the streets and into the Internet with some senatorial candidates for the upcoming elections taking advantage of Wikipedia.org, the online free encyclopedia service.
Among those senatorial candidates who Â have updated Wikipedia entries listed by inquirer.net report, are Mike Defensor, Cong. Chiz Escudero, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Sen. Manny Villar among others. Their entries were recently updated a few days after filing their certificates of candidacy.
I checked some of the wikipedia entries of the said senatorial candidates and noticed that a few of them have links to their own personal websites. Pangilinan, Escudero and Villar have their own websites Â with information such as career highlights, personal bios, advocacies among other relevant information about them. Unfortunately, none of these senatorial candidates sites’ utilized blogging platform or any dynamic content management systems. It would have been great to see a dynamic website or campaign blog with round-the-clock updates on the candidates’ campaign sorties.
On another note, like Yuga, I couldn’t help but ask whether these websites or the senatorial candidates’ web presence could really win them the elections. Considering that majority of the Philippine electoral group belong Â to the “technologically under privileged” group, or simply the poor people who don’t have access to the internet. If these candidates are targeting the minority group of online Filipinos, that could not win them the 2007 elections. And besides, most of these online Filipinos belong to the “intelligent votes”, meaning they could not be easily persuaded by any propaganda or political gimmicks.
But then, the 2007 Philippine senatorial election campaign is already a circus, there’s no harm in putting the circus on the websphere.