Social media being used ‘to amplify commess’ – diplomat

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – While social media — such as Facebook and Twitter — is being used to topple governments around the world, some Vincentians use them “to amplify commess (gossip)”, according to this country’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Camillo Gonsalves.

“The social media point is an important point and those who have heard me speaking at other diaspora functions, I feel very strongly about it,” said Gonsalves at a town hall meeting in New York last week.

He was responding to a question about what citizens can do about his March 28 arrest in the lobby of his office building by a New York cop.

The audience member said social networking website Facebook “could be a weapon” and mentioned emails, as well as Twitter, which was instrumental in the unrest that brought down several Arab governments last year.

“I mean, if you look at the news, you will see that social media is toppling governments in some parts of the world but, unfortunately, we are just using it to amplify commess,” Gonsalves said.

“It’s like a megaphone through which we engage in all sorts of things that are not productive and they are not progressive. And I think we are not utilising — separate and apart from this issues — the full potential of social media.”

He noted that many Vincentians have Facebook accounts.

“But what do they use it for? So, hopefully, we can better understand the power of the tools that we have at our disposal now and the ways in which we can use them,” he further stated.

According to socialbakers, which published statistics on Facebook penetration by country, there are 40,280 Facebook users in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

This represents a penetration rate of about 39 per cent compared to the country’s population and 53 per cent in relation to number of Internet users.

The largest age group is currently 18– to 24-year-olds with 11,681 users, followed by the users aged 25–34.

There are 47 per cent male users and 53 per cent female users.

Some 1,400 new Facebook accounts were opened in SVG in the last six months with the biggest gain in the last 3 months recorded by 18–24 year olds, according to the website.

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5 thoughts on “Social media being used ‘to amplify commess’ – diplomat

  1. He is right.Vincentians don’t stand up for each other no more instead a lot of them seem to take great pleasure in bringing each other down.I’ve been online since around 1996,way before facebook and twitter.And recently especially now that The Comrade gave them these school laptops,they all on Face book and twitter degrading themselves and their country.But like old people say:”yo go reap what yo sow”.Keep up you all ignorance and is non other than you all will face the hardships.

    Posted by Jason | April 17, 2012, 12:02
  2. Is he saying Vincentians should use social media to topple the govt? l.o.l He recover fast eh,now he’s trying to tell people how to use facebook as if he’s suddenly an expert on comp sci or marketing..Camillo yo daddy once downloaded someone’s facebook page,printed it out and read it from the political podium in one of the most foolish scenes in the history of politics.Somebody should give him a netbook…to this day remembering Ralph on the podium with the pages makes me laugh

    Posted by Joe | April 17, 2012, 12:21
  3. What the Ambassador is implying by that statement is that Vincentians are idle and unproductive. The apple surely does not fall far from the tree. They constantly disrespect Vincentians.

    Posted by justice | April 17, 2012, 20:18
  4. He isn’t even Vincentian, he is an American with a Jamaican mother.

    If Donkey Gonsalves wants to call him son that’s his prerogative, but to give him top Vincentian jobs is not.

    Posted by Peter | May 1, 2012, 10:31


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