Pakistan India Social Media Mela 2012, dubbed as SOCMM12, is organized at Avari Towers Hotel in Karachi on July 13 and 14.
The Mela has an extensive (read never-ending) list of speakers, more of Pakistan and rare from India.
Some interesting bits and pieces from the Day 1 of SOCMM12.
What the Social Media Mela was all about?
Aman ki Asha and the Kashmir Genocide: The liberals, apparently in-charge of the Mela, as usual went gaga over India – forgetting how the Muslims of Kashmir are killed everyday by brutal Indian forces.
— xplorer (@peacify) July 13, 2012
The deep and burning desire by liberals of Pakistan who want to do anything to themselves and to the honour of Pakistan to get a friendly nod from India.
— Nadia Anwar (@nadiaanwar89) July 13, 2012
The Yellow Bloggers: A session was about how corporates are using Social Media and blogging for their benefit – raising questions on the authenticity and professionalism of such bloggers who churn out fav reviews for their sponsor brands.
What do you call the bloggers who take benefits from Corporates to write favourable blog posts?
Who were the organizers?: People got curious about the organizers as no detail is available on their website.
— McPeer (@McPeer1) July 13, 2012
The event was sponsored by the US Consulate in Pakistan, and they made no attempt to hide the fact (as Abu Shamil reports).
Besides Twitter, what other Social Media tool was discussed at SOCMM12?
— بلال أطهر جليل (@bilaljalil) July 13, 2012
Mainstream Media and Twitter:
Twitter is a tool we use very carefully at Tehelka – its not a news crowdsourcing tool but rather a networking tool -Karuna #socmm12
— Salman Latif (@SalmanLateef) July 13, 2012
Main stream media of Pakistan has to realize this.
In the end, SOCMM12 was not about praying, or worrying to miss a prayer.