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MANILA, Philippines – The official hashtag of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Manila this week recorded a total of 680,000 real-time reports and conversations on Twitter, according to visualization tool Twitter Reverb.
The popularity of #APEC2015 made the microblogging site a crucial part of bringing the global event closer to the people.
Global political and business leaders gathered in Manila for the annual summit held November 12-19. The last time Manila hosted the regional summit was in 1996, a time when social media have yet to be introduced.
Rappler’s data analytics, Reach, shows us a visual map of the #APEC2015 tweets from November 18-19. These two days alone generated 75,853 tweets.
Aside from major local news outlets and @apec2015ph, the most influential accounts tweeting with the hashtag were those of the visiting world leaders: @BarackObama, @POTUS, @noynoyaquino, @JustinTrudeau, @TurnbullMalcolm, @EPN, and @WhiteHouse.
The chart below shows the flow of the Twitter conversation over the past 8 days. At one point, the hashtag generated almost 300 tweets per minute:
Below are some of the notable tweets from the conversation, including this tweet from Philippine President Benigno Aquino III:
When we work hard to ensure every person is empowered to realize capacity, we are creating drivers of growth. #APEC2015— Noynoy Aquino (@noynoyaquino) November 17, 2015
Here’s a tweet from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who celebrated the signing of two bilateral agreements between Australia and the Philippines (READ: Australia eyes more defense, disaster response equipment for PH):
One of the highlighs of this year’s global event was the panel where US President Barack Obama himself moderated a conversation with Chinese Jack Ma of e-commerce giant Alibab and Filipino engineer Aisa Mijeno of SALt:
Another notable tweet is this photo of the world leaders wearing barong tagalog during the APEC 2015 Welcome Dinner.
Lastly, here’s President Aquino in a celebratory selfie with his cabinet secretaries after the APEC summit:
Not all tweets during the summit were positive. In preparation for the arrival of the APEC 2015 delegates, lanes along EDSA were blocked off, causing many commuters to be stuck in traffic for hours on busy work days. (READ: Is #APEC2015 worth the sacrifice? Netizens weigh in)
However, in the spirit of jest, a hashtag trended on Tuesday, November 17, 2015: #APEChottie, that refers to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Truedeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
Were you also a part of the #APEC2015 global conversation online? What are your thoughts about the recently concluded summit? Let us know in the comments section or write about your #AfterAPEC thoughts on X! – Rappler.com