barack obama is on facebook

Barack Obama is on facebook. If you have an account, you can see his profile here.
Barack Obama’s facebook profile

John McCain also has a facebook profile, but it is much skimpier.
John McCain’s facebook profile

For example, Obama has posts on his wall and has written 10 notes, while McCain has none on either count.

Barack has posted one event, a speech he did on February 2nd, which received 100 responses. Apply the rule that only 10% of people ever speak up in the social media world, and Obama probably reached an additonal 1000 people or so with that event.

He also posted his announcement of his presidential ambitions. Not hard, as he is just importing his blog into facebook, which I do as well. But that one note has gotten 240 comments so far, after being posted on Saturday.

Barak’s note about his election bid

David Berkowitz has noted Facebook’s advantages over MySpace, and also how Obama is using Myspace.

I want to see how much effect politicians using facebook and myspace have on the election. If you can get 1,000 college students to post to your wall…. who cares? Can that be converted into more votes? More action?

I know it works for commercial enterprises. Our client Veoh got mentioned on Techcrunch yesterday, which is a nice publicity boost, and gets them some more respect in the net community.

But how will it work in politics? Will it hurt McCain that Obama is using facebook and myspace in a smart way while McCain is doing little? Do enough people care?

UPDATE: I just noticied you can send Barack a message via facebook, but McCain has messages turned off. What kind of message does that send?

1 Response to “barack obama is on facebook”

  1. 1 Philip L. Welch February 14, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    The type of people who use Facebook are more likely to vote for Obama than for McCain anyway, so this has little effect.

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