IT seems everyone nowadays is into meeting new friends and making oneself be heard in the digital realm.

Social networking sites-Facebook, Friendster, Myspace, Twitter, Tagged, Hi5 and many more-have popped up like mushrooms on the Internet thus giving way for people to interact with one another beyond the physical boundaries.

As a group of like-minded individuals, the guys at “CDOKada” (a combination of CDO and “barkada”), have opted for as their website of choice. While many of them have maintained a social networking site like Facebook, the members of CDOkada also swear by Tumblr.

It is the desire of Cagayanon bloggers, writers, hobbyists, entrepreneurs and young professionals to establish friendship with other Tumblr users within and beyond the confines of cyberspace that CDOkada was born.

Tumblr is defined as a “microblogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog.”

Emphasizing ease of use, Tumblr users can either follow other users or they can choose to make their micro-blog private.

As one of the groups existing under the Tumblr umbrella, CDOkada is not just about establishing new friendships and nurturing old ones, it’s also about sharing your thoughts, experiences, aspirations, even mundane stuff, to the world.

Founded by Roie Ambulo, a student and blogger, CDOkada-affiliated with other Tumblr groups worldwide and has in fact been recognized by the site’s creators-has a handful of members in the city but their number is growing.

Among the activities that members of CDOkada have involved in are the daily interactions in the Tumblr site’s “dashboards.” And then there’s the meet-up where Tumblr bloggers gather to get to know each other, spend time together and talk about a lot of things, including their blogs.

To prove that CDOkada is not just about socialization with fellow Tumblr bloggers, the group has also initiated outreach activities to help the less fortunate people.

“What’s amazing (about Tumblr) are the stories (that you read) at blog sites. And you get to appreciate the person thoughts through his/her blogs,” Roxanne Hambre, a teacher and CDOkada member, enthused.

Another CDOkada member, Lorraine O’Neill, recounted an instance where her blog has prevented a fellow blogger from committing suicide.

O’Neill said, “The things you post on the Internet like personal experiences can have an impact on others if they can relate to them.”

For now, CDOkada members are focusing on their jobs, businesses and studies but the group is also prepping for a grand meet-up sometime December where 50 or so bloggers are expected to attend.

article by Jigger Jerusalem of GSD

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