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GCN Insider | Democrats have big lead over GOP in social networking online

The Web site TechPresident (www.techpresident.com) is devoted to showing how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the networking powers of the Internet.

Thus far, the Democrats have a serious lead on the Republican candidates when it comes to social networking on the Web. Barack Obama is far and away the most popular candidate on the Web. With 92,866 supporters listed on Facebook, a social-networking site originally designed for college students, and 107,785 friends at MySpace.com, Obama would easily win the White House if MySpace friends were the sole determinant for the presidency. His closest contender is fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, with 21,894 Facebook supporters and 94,350 MySpace friends.

And if the number of YouTube views were the main factor in choosing the next president, Obama could start shopping for his Oval Office d'cor. The senator from Illinois has scored more than 3 million views of his videos on YouTube.

Mitt Romney is the most popular Republican with the Facebook crowd, with 9,680 supporters. But he falls to third place among Republicans when it comes to MySpace friends, beaten out by John McCain, with 36,808 friends, and Ron Paul, with 32,562.
One of the striking features of social-networking sites such as MySpace is that pretty much everyone is welcome. For example, listed as one of Obama's friends is VanityLovelicious, who posted a picture of Betty Boop saying 'Have a great weekend!' Or Josiah, aka JellyBean aka Gangsta Cheese, who says simply, 'duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude u r gonna be the best prez ever.'

About the Author

Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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