US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton consented to an interview a day ago during her Manila visit to "chat" with Manila bloggers. It was an informal interview prepared by about thirty Filipino bloggers from all ages held at the Manila Museum and organized by GMA News network Philippines and the Philippine Bloggers.
Hillary looked fresh as she came in and awed the bloggers as she was first asked "What advise can you give to people like myself from the digital technology age?" The query was posed by Maxine Magalona, 24 years old and a Filipino TV celebrity. Hillary explained that technology can be used for either negative or positive intentions but added that it empowers people and enables people of the same interest and advocates to come together to express themselves. She cited the case of a mid-twenties woman in the USA who was upset that her bank credited her 5% for every purchase she made. She was upset and "went to her Facebook and Twitter.. and after a few days there were about millions who joined her cause". Naturally, the bank listened and they managed to get their "cause" heard.
Mrs. Clinton also talked about her private life disclosing that she had no more intention to be in politics and neither does she intend to remain Secretary of State after what she foresees to be the re-election of US President Barack Obama. She added that she would rather join her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton, in doing world projects like the Clinton Initiative. She expressed her concern over disasters, particularly the tropical typhoons that ravage the Philippines and said that these are things going on around that world which concern her.
Talking more like a mother rather than an elder stateswoman, she also divulged what was inside her purse saying, "Yes, I do keep a rather bog purse and that's where I put my Blackberry... yes, I use a Blackberry ... and my papers. " Asked if she also was into music, she laughed and admitted that she always carried her Ipod around to listen to the news, "but I have music there too ... music like from the Beatles, Dooors and Rolling Stones.. you see I was a child of the 60's..", she told the bloggers.
The bloggers conversation dubbed "Conversation with Hillary" lasted for a little more than 30 minutes.
"This was a great way of communicating by niche," Astraqom CEO Jonathan Sowah told us later as he explained that the evolving trend would be from huge social networks to "niche" ones. For instance, he said, that Secretary Clinton was more effective because she chose the right crowd and made sure that the message she delivered was suited for the right audience. Sowah, a leading Candian ITT enterpreneur added that netwoking by niche becomes more effective because people belonging to one niche usually can communicate better because they have a common goal, a common advocacy and usually common interests.
"That was why I decided to come to a decision to sell out AstraQom and come up with iNiche because that would help more people, particularly the millions of migrants who are far away from their homeland... these people have their own culture, their own taste, their own lingo and even their own sub-cultures.. "
Sowah also revealed that INiche would be located in the New York area known for diverse races, nationalities and interests. He said that after his Ipilipina and PinoyKubo project, he decided that "this was the way to go forward annd come to the service of some 50 million Filipino migrants". Featured in the RapidNews Network, Yahoo.ph and other reputable Philippine blogs, Sowah is modest about hsi success and says that he takes it both as a business and a service for migrants.
Sowah was the first ITT entrepreneur who was interviewed by the biggest mainstream Philippine-American radio station Radio Pinoy USA last Saturday. No less that Don Lino Celle,a friend of CNN veteran broadcaster Larry King, extended the interview to two hours making it one of the first global interviews of an ITT CEO.
Nevertheless, Sowah admits that perhaps there are still lessons he can learn from Secretary Clinton whom he admits "is one admirable lady who understands both people and technology and the proper use of it for good".