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Papal visit breaks Twitter records in the Philippines




In a report shared by Twitter to Smart Communications, the recent visit of Pope Francis broke Twitter records in the Philippines, simply showing the Roman Catholic Pontiff’s popularity in the country and how Filipinos have turned to social media to openly express their love and appreciation for him.

Philippines, being the Selfie Capital of the World, also showed that they’re just as active at Twitter as they are on Instagram. The report came in showing more than 3.3 million Tweets related to the Papal visit from January 13 to 20, 2015. The number of Tweets reached its peak on January 15 at 6:30PM when the Pope arrived in Manila – with a whopping 3,664 Tweets per second.

Not only that, the all-time Golden Tweet (most Retweeted Tweet) for the Philippines is also a result of Pope Francis’ trip in the country. On January 16, he tweeted through his @Pontifex account:

This post received nearly 76,000 Retweets and almost 90,000 Favorites. It is also the Pope’s most Retweeted Tweet which was enabled with the help of Smart giving free Twitter access to Filipinos during his stay in the country.

“Whether physically present during the papal activities or not, we were able to share our warm welcome and amplify our voice to converse with other Filipinos and Catholics all over the world through Twitter.  Here is a part of our nation’s digital footprint, a digital imprint of our singular Papal visit experience,” said Ramon R. Isberto (@MonIsberto), Public Affairs Group head at Smart.

You can view the interactive chart of the above photo by clicking here.

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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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3 Responses

  1. Freeje says:

    The country with the highest number of Catholics in Asia and also highest in corruption. They should change that to highest number of non-practicing Catholics.

    • noy says:

      Highest numbers of hypocrites. Andun lang mga yun para maki-uso at may mapost sa social media. Katoliko lang ang mga lokong yan tuwing may okasyon. LOL

  2. Easy E says:

    This stat would be better (higher) if not for the network shutdown during the events (near the event sites).

    And for Freeje, you’re full of hate.

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