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Originally published at LatinoRebels.com

We have always asked ourselves, “When will a film about Pedro Albizu Campos be produced?” It looks like the answer is on YouTube and Kickstarter.

Filmmaker Michael Torres has spent the last seven years gathering footage for “Who Is Albizu Campos?” and he is in the final leg of production. Now, Torres has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the final $27,000 to get this film completed. We think that this campaign is so important, that we are supporting it 100%. Here is a trailer of what Torres has to say about the film:

From the film’s YouTube page:

Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2030134114/who-is-albizu-campos

A feature length documentary on Puerto Rican revolutionary Pedro Albizu Campos.

How Your Contributions Will Be Used

The funds raised from this campaign will go directly to the final stage of production in which we will create the visual style of the film by assembling a team to produce the animated sequences of the film. These funds will also contribute to the editing of the film which begins when I return from Puerto Rico in December. Our goal is to raise $27,000 by midnight October 9th. Kickstarter only works if we reach our goal—If we don’t hit our target, we don’t get any of the money. Even $5 helps!

Other Ways You Can Help us Finish the Film!

Please help us spread the word by Posting our Kickstarter link on your Facebook and Twitter accounts—this doesn’t cost you a thing, and goes a long way towards helping us spread the word. Also please “LIKE” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join our mailing list at whoisalbizu.com for regular updates on the film.

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Ok, hopefully by now, I don’t have to explain much about this little experiment that started in March. But just in case, you can read about the background here. Let’s just get into it. 

First, let’s check in on the Facebook page of George Takei, the KING OF FACEBOOK. His latest numbers as of tonight: 2,640,051 likes · 2,898,569 talking about this (that is a 109% FLOE, another great month for the Facebook Page King). Basically, if your Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE) is at around 15%, you are doing ok. If you are between 20%-30%, you are doing really good. After that range, you start doing extremely well, and the key is to keep that exceptional level of engagement consistent for months. I do a lot more explaining about this here, if you want to read more about it.

Ok, here is the September list (numbers based on page checks on September 3, 2012 from 10pm-11pm EST; full disclosure: Latino Rebels is my organization. Also, this is just a data capture from a limited time window. We know that the “people talking about this” feature can fluctuate. This is not an exact science, but it does prove that having a highly engaged community will always benefit your brand, organization, group, etc.)

September’s Sampling of Latino Facebook Pages and Their Facebook Level of Engagement (FLOE)

  1. One Voice Radio: 1215% (932 likes · 11,330 talking about this) YES, you read that correctly: 1215%
  2. Cultura: 403% (516 likes · 2,080 talking about this)
  3. Rico Puerto Rico: 273% (29,172 likes · 79,423 talking about this)
  4. Fit Latina: 118% (1,417 likes · 1,671 talking about this)
  5. Pocho.com: 67.1% (2,355 likes · 1,580 talking about this)
  6. Latino Rebels: 62.8% (18,833 likes · 11,835 talking about this)
  7. SoLatina: 55% (61,893 likes · 34,056 talking about this)
  8. Cuéntame: 48.1% (83,519 likes · 40,177 talking about this)
  9. So Mexican: 36.3% (1,348,232 likes · 489,216 talking about this)
  10. Gozamos: 34.8% (4,279 likes · 1,488 talking about this)
  11. Sofrito for Your Soul: 33% (9,236 likes · 3,051 talking about this)
  12. Presente.org: 26.2%(10,186 likes · 2,673 talking about this)
  13. Think Mexican: 23.7% (5,171 likes · 1,228 talking about this)
  14. NBC Latino: 22.4% (5,281 likes · 1,183 talking about this)
  15. Being Puerto Rican: 18.6% (21,049 likes · 3,911 talking about this)
  16. VOXXI: 18.4% (6,628 likes · 1,221 talking about this)
  17. Being Latino: 16.6% (77,203 likes · 12,853 talking about)
  18. Voto Latino: 14.5% (49,267 likes · 7,131 talking about this)
  19. Telemundo: 13.4% (332,037 likes · 44,648 talking about this)
  20. Primer impacto: 13.2% (221,461 likes · 29,145 talking about this)
  21. Remezcla: 12.7% (11,313 likes · 1,434 talking about this)
  22. El Diario NY: 12.1% (5,472 likes · 665 talking about this)
  23. HuffPost Latino Voices: 11.7% (7,624 likes · 890 talking about this)
  24. National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts: 10.5% (1,651 likes · 174 talking about this)
  25. Despierta América: 10.9% (118,296 likes · 12,903 talking about this)
  26. Pa’lante Latino: 10.2% (1,741 likes · 177 talking about this)
  27. Disney World Latino: 9.9% (67,269 likes · 6,673 talking about this)
  28. SpanglishBaby: 9% (6,020 likes · 545 talking about this)
  29. Mayo Clinic (Español): 8.6% (1,683 likes · 144 talking about this)
  30. The Big Tino: 8.6% (73,258 likes · 6,281 talking about this)
  31. Mamiverse: 8.2% (19,055 likes · 1,588 talking about this)
  32. Es el momento: 8.2% (12,393 likes · 1,014 talking about this)
  33. Los Pichy Boys: 7.8% (14,142 likes · 1,110 talking about this)
  34. La Cosmopolitana: 7.1% (1,308 likes · 93 talking about this)
  35. People en español: 7.4% (175,437 likes · 12,945 talking about this)
  36. News Taco: 5.6% (4,285 likes · 241 talking about this)
  37. Mexican Word of the Day: 5.1% (1,327,148 likes · 67,775 talking about this)
  38. El Gordo y la Flaca: 5.1% (314,655 likes · 15,955 talking about this)
  39. Univision: 5% (539,442 likes · 26,901 talking about this)
  40. Cosmo for Latinas: 4.9% (8,490 likes · 413 talking about this)
  41. Univision News: 4.5% (6,586 likes · 294 talking about this)
  42. Somos Verizon Fios: 3% (43,878 likes · 1,312 talking about this)
  43. Pitbull: 4.7% (23,139,400 likes · 1,097,554 talking about this)
  44. Mun2: 4.6% (226,089 likes · 10,413 talking about this)
  45. National Council of La Raza: 4.5% (19,398 likes · 868 talking about this)
  46. Latina List: 3.9% (3,001 likes · 116 talking about this)
  47. Immigrant Archive Project: 3.3% (12,083 likes · 393 talking about this)
  48. Mi Casa Broadcasting: 3% (4,181 likes · 125 talking about this)
  49. Ask a Mexican: 2.9% (36,717 likes · 1,051 talking about this)
  50. Latina: 2.8% (71,084 likes · 2,003 talking about this)
  51. Fox News Latino: 2.7% (66,227 likes · 1,811 talking about this)
  52. Calle 13: 2.6% (1,296,404 likes · 33,507 talking about this)
  53. Ford en español: 2.4% (1,702 likes · 40 talking about this)
  54. American Latino Museum: 2.1% (120,899 likes · 2,580 talking about this)
  55. Hispanicize: 2% (4,680 likes · 92 talking about this)
  56. Vitera: 1.4% (4,553 likes · 65 talking about this)
  57. Hispanically Speaking News: 1% (3,015 likes · 290 talking about this)
  58. Selena Gómez: 0.5% (33,505,726 likes · 182,930 talking about this)
  59. Shakira:  0.07% (54,282,133 likes · 381,544 talking about this)
  60. Toyota Latino: 0.006% (74,885 likes · 477 talking about this)
  61. Latinos in Social Media: .005% (140,474 likes · 771 talking about this)

If you would like me to add your page to this list, just let me know with a comment to this blog.

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Originally published at LatinoRebels.com

Leave it to pro-statehood and GOP darling Luis Fortuño to conveniently stop being a pro-US-statehooder during the London Olympics. The last few days, Fortuño, who is facing a tough re-election this November, has suddenly become one proud boricua during Puerto Rico’s Olympic efforts. Never mind the fact that as someone who fervently supports Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state of the Union, Fortuño knows that in a tough election year, you got to wrap yourself around the Puerto Rican flag and overlook your political principles.

We will got out on a limb and say that if Puerto Rico were to become the 51st state of the United States, it would no longer be an Olympic country, but what does that matter less than 100 days before an election? The irony of a passionate pro-statehooder like Fortuño now sounding like the other pro-commonwealth and pro-independence candidates he has criticized for exploiting Puerto Rico’s unique boricuaness is quite telling.

But don’t tell that to Fortuño and his campaign, since they have become Facebook addicts the last few days. Here are just a few of the posts from the official Fortuño51 page (yes he even has a 51 in his Facebook URL):

First off, change your Facebook Page cover image to exploit a picture of you and the family of bronze medal winner Javier Culson. Umm, the little girl to the right of Fortuño looks absolutely thrilled to be next to the governor.

Then start posting photos of different athletes and pushing Puerto Rico’s unique pride and love for the Olympics. Here are just a few samples of what Fortuño and his campaign posted yesterday. First off, send everyone a personal Facebook post:

Then post your first Culson pic.

Post another Culson pic an hour later. Go viral.

Then an hour later, raise the city flag of Ponce (Culson’s hometown) over La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion.

The Olympic Facebook blitz began on Fortuño’s page over the weekend. Here are a few more screen shots of what the page posted:

Here is the hypocrisy: Fortuño is head of a statehood party (the New Progressive Party, or PNP) that wants to become a state of the Union, no ifs, ands, or buts. However, if Puerto Rico were to become a state, there is no more Olympic team for Puerto Rico. This hasn’t stopped Fortuño and his campaign from pushing Olympic pride the last few days. Talk about being inconsistent in your messaging.

In addition, many PNPers who have commented on these Fortuño posts and the posts of the PNP think that if Puerto Rico were to become a state, the Puerto Rican Olympic team would still continue because there is an Olympic charter. Yeah, right. Memo to the PNPers: the United States trumps you on your desires to keep the Puerto Rican Olympic team intact.

All this boricua pride and flag waving would go away. Puerto Ricans would become part of the US team, and give or take a Culson or a few boxers, the chances to make the bigger team would be slim.

If Fortuño were truly the pro-statehooder that he was, he would be pushing the US team’s feats to his followers. But that would not make any political sense, since it is clear that even Fortuño will admit that when it comes to being politically convenient, it is best to push the boricuaness to the masses instead of staying true to his statehood message. But, hey, fuzziness is all part of Puerto Rico’s politics. We do find it amazing that many on the island buy it because it is coming from Fortuño.

A little advice to the PNPers: If you want to become a state, put away the Puerto Rican flags and start chanting “USA USA USA!”

Are you ready to do that? Are you?

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