Screenshot Credit: Cristeta Orosa Facebook
Facebook rewarded the Filipino user who has published at least 100,000 wall posts. The announcement was made last week, after the social network checked their data of Asian users for the last 7 years.
According to Facebook, the lucky Filipina was identified as Cristeta Orosa, 27, from Taal, Batangas, Philippines. Ms. Lat joined Facebook on August 20, 2007 and has been working in a private company since 2006 as clerk.
“We are very pleased to reward Cristeta (Orosa) for her effort in consistently spending her time in our site in all those years. We hope that through our simple gifts, Filipinos will be more inspired to post on their walls.” Facebook Marketing Manager for Asia Carlito Cocoa wrote in a Facebook blog post, noting that the company has also plans to give rewards to other Asian users of Facebook before the year ends.
Based on Facebook’s statistical graph from 2007 to 2014, Philippines has been a consistent leader in the list of Asian countries in terms of Facebook users for the past 2 years. India, which ranked No. 1 from 2007 to 2012, is now second, followed by Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. South Korea dropped to sixth from fourth spot in 2013. On the hand, Japan plummeted from the fifth place to seventh.
Facebook used their post counter to determine the number of posts of their users. For Ms. Orosa, she published her 100,000th Facebook wall post on October 27, 2014. In less than a week, she received a PM (Private Message) from Facebook telling her that she will receive some gifts as token of appreciation from the leading social network.
The list of gifts she received includes a free trip (all-expenses-paid) to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California for three days. She is set to leave on December 15. Facebook will also give her an iPhone 6 Plus, $5,000 cash, and a dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and some office staff.
“Nagulat po talaga ako. Noong una, akala ko isa lang yung sa mga scam messages nare-receive ko. Pero nung dinobol check ko, totoo nga. Di ko inaasahan na kahit karamihan ng posts ko ay walang kwenta ay magandang kapalit pala.” Cristeta Orosa said in a PM to Tahoo News the other day.
(I was really surprised. At first, I thought the message (from Facebook) is only one of those scam messages I usually receive. But when I double checked it, I realized it was for real. I did not expect that despite most of my wall posts are nonsense, I could still get something good out of them.)
Meanwhile, not all Facebook users are happy. According to Jane Torial, a local Internet marketing specialist, blogger, and social activist, Facebook seems to be sending a wrong signal and motivating its users to spend more of their time on social media and not in the real world.
“Doing simple math, Ms. Orosa has posted an average of 39 wall posts a day in 7 years (or 2,555 days). Most likely, she has been posting most of them during working hours. And yet, Facebook is tolerating such activities just because there were advertisements on her page. I think this is absurd.” Ms. Torial told Tahoo News via email.