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