Pinoys tweet, search about migrating as election results come in

Don Kevin Hapal
Pinoys tweet, search about migrating as election results come in
Search and tweets on migrating are both up, as soon as partial and unofficial election results were released on May 13

MANILA, Philippines – As polls closed for the 2019 midterm elections on Monday, May 13, Google was abuzz with queries on migrating, data from Google Trends showed.

As seen in the graph below, searches for ‘migrate’ and ‘how to migrate’ started increasing on May 13, just when partial and unofficial results from precincts have started coming in on the Commission on Elections’ transparency channels.

MIGRATING. Searches for both 'Migrate' and 'How to migrate' went up as partial, unofficial election results have started coming out. Screenshot from Google Trends

Google Trends give real-time data on searches about specific keywords. The numbers above represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart for the given region and time. A value of 100 is the peak popularity for the term. 

Twitterverse’s citizens were also not holding back on expressing their dismay, as they tweeted (mostly jokingly) about migrating because of the results.

TIME TO MIGRATE. As partial, unofficial results come in, Twitter users started tweeting about migrating.

Using a tool that tracks tweets online, we can see that tweets that mention the word ‘migrate’ also started increasing by 6 pm. The scan above includes only tweets with geo-tags in the Philippines.

Here are just some of tweets from the scan: 




The polls officially closed by 6 pm and votes are still being counted as of writing.

The first transmission to transparency servers came in a few minutes after, with Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, and Bong Go in the top Senatorial spots.

Except for Nancy Binay and Lito Lapid, all other top candidates also belonged to administration-backed party Hugpong ng Pagbabago.

Comelec, however, stopped sending succeeding results to transparency servers due to technical problems. –

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Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.