Ambassadors for MSMW 2012 revealed


By JO TIMBUONG bytz@thestar.com.my

KUALA LUMPUR: The Social Media Chambers has selected its social media ambassadors in conjunction with the Malaysian Social Media Week (MSMW) 2012.

These ambassadors will be thought leaders in social media, said Shahul Hameed Shaik Dawood, social media advocate, founder of Social Media Chambers and organising chairman of MSMW 2012.

Among those selected are hip-hop artiste Altimet, popular TV host Aznil Nawawi, and actress Lisa Surihani.

“An ambassador for MSMW 2012 is an icon who is extremely active in social media and mostly relevant to advancing and advocating the discipline of credible social media,” Shahul said at an event to introduce the ambassadors.

Aznil, 50, said he hopes to inspire the older generation to embrace technology and not to think that it something meant only for the young.

“I am almost a senior citizen and many seem to think that people in that age bracket are afraid of or not interested in technology. I want to change that and inspire people to not bow down to such negative perceptions,” he said.

Haji Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, Information Department director general who officiated at the event, said MSMW 2012 will be a good platform for social media enthusiasts to discuss issues surrounding social media use.

He said the event would also help enlighten some social media users on how to use the medium properly.

“While we enjoy the freedom to voice our opinions online, social media users need to do so responsibly.

“I urge them to voice out what is not right but to be kind enough to suggest solutions to the issues or problems (instead of just condemning),” he said in his keynote address.

He said social media users need to be mindful of what they share online and to distinguish fact from fiction.

“Hurtful remarks do more harm than good. If something needs to be said, it should be done ethically,” he added.

Ibrahim said social media users will benefit from events like the MSMW 2012 which will take place from Feb 13 to 17.

Shahul later unveiled one of trophies that will be presented at the World Bloggers and Social Media Awards 2012 event on Feb 16.

At the ceremony, awards will be presented to Upcoming Blogger of the Year, Best Social Media Icon, and many others.

There will also be a concert to mark the closing of MSMW 2012. Local artistes that will be performing at the concert include Altimet, Hujan, Aizat, Dennis Lau and Shawn Lee, Rabbit Mac, Najwa Latif and Amir Jahari.

For more information on MSMW 2012, go to www.socialmediaweek.com.my. The Star Online is official media partner for the event.

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