Politics 2.0


I took a break from ValueWiki this weekend and made an interesting discovery.

Take a look at impact.MySpace.com and you’ll see all the 2008 Presidential hopefuls…yes, on MySpace. In fact, libertarian underdog Ron Paul is an active MySpace blogger, and Dennis Kucinich has a MySpace video blog.

Candidates by number of MySpace friends (March 26)

Barack Obama 81623 Friends
John Edwards 16012 Friends
Hilary Clinton 5492 Friends
John McCain 2579 Friends
Mitt Romney 2944 Friends
Bill Richardson 1784 Friends
Ron Paul 1670 Friends
Dennis Kucinich 1425 Friends
Joseph Biden 1279 Friends
Christopher Dodd 494 Friends
Rudy Giuliani – Profile Set to Private

Judging from list, it appears Democrats are more hip among the MySpace set than Republicans, with Barack Obama being the clear front runner. Indeed, a quick scan of candidates’ websites reveals Obama’s to be the most web 2.0, with complete social network features at My.BarackObama.com. Hilary’s page offers a blog, which she has never contributed to, and John McCain’s site offers McCainSpace, an opportunity to create your own John McCain website.

Ron Paul is making daily appearances on Digg.com, in what almost appears to be a concerted Digg campain. Then you have voters like Phil de Vellis who created this controversial anti-Hilary 1984 ad.

The Obama camp scrambled to deny responsibility for Phil’s ad.

So how will the web audience respond to these Web 2.0 methods of campaigning. Will MySpace video blogs from aging U.S. senators be regarded with cynicism?

Is Obama’s clear MySpace lead in any way an indicator of trends to come?

What do you think of America’s 2008 Presidential web campaign? Is this political pandering or a positive step forward?

Update March 27 12:00pm:

For the record, I used the MySpace profiles pointed to by Impact.MySpace.com. Readers point out Hilary’s other MySpace page lists exactly 32,000 friends…putting her ahead of John Edwards. Meanwhile, Ron Paul also has a second MySpace page listing 4,695 friends.

One digger writes, “If you’re going to look at myspace, take a look at Facebook where the majority of users are college students. To date there are 322,208 members in the “million strong for barack obama group” and we’ve raised $14,000 through my.barackobama.com.”

It is true that many Facebook and MySpace users are currently too young to vote. And yes, I am following this trend with a certain sense of irony…I mean, you have to wonder if Hilary or McCain has ever actually used MySpace. However, it is certainly worth tracking these trends for 2008, 2012, 2016, and beyond. The Facebook example above is fascinating. In a meta sense, I do think it is very positive to see politicians doing more than ever to engage voters on the internet.

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55 Responses to Politics 2.0

  1. “Is Obama’s clear MySpace lead in any way an indicator of trends to come?”

    I doubt it. Most of the folks who friended Obama are probably too young to vote.

    And yes, I am aware that MySpace claims to have a good amount of its users in the over-30 group. I would beg to differ, and I know plenty of underage kids who don’t reveal their true age online, instead claiming to be “99 years old.” I’d love to see a study to show how many MySpace users claim to be over 90.

  2. Obama is clearly the most popular Dem candidate with YouTybe as well; with 2,714,418 Channel Views and 3703 subscribers. Most, if not all the candidates, Democrats and Republicans have launched a YouTube channel, under the banner “You Choose ’08, Face the candidates on YouTube”. Until now there are 12 candidates exposed through YouTube, with John Edwards being the one who created a YouTube channel 12 months ago, and Senator Barack Obama being the most popular.

    http://vasblogger.blogspot.com/

  3. Flo says:

    Yes sure Barack Hussain OSama has one of those robot freind adder software programs ringing up friends.

    LOL

  4. Jon says:

    Interesting points. Vasileios, I didn’t know about YouTube. That’s pretty fascinating. Thanks,

    Jon

  5. Copycat says:

    wow, you copied a business week article from 2 weeks ago!

  6. Chad says:

    Flo, way to be open-minded. I bet if he wins he is going to take away your guns, raise taxes and abort babies for no reason.

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  8. Tom says:

    i really hope all this hype for barack calms down.. ron paul or dennis kucinich are my favs.

  9. J says:

    I love the comment on Ron Paul. It’s obvious that a concerted effort is being made to push him as a great guy on Digg – far too many unwarranted comments and articles all over the place.

  10. If we can just keep the hate mongers like Sean Hannity off the air, we’d have a real election again.

    http://www.hatehannity.com

  11. I think you found the wrong Hillary Clinton MySpace profile as “Hillary Clinton 2008” has 32,000 friends.

  12. michael says:

    great perspective guys. nice seeing you at barcamp Zach. keep up the great coverage!

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  15. Caimlas says:

    It’s likely to be a matter of no consequence. If the last two elections are any indication, most of the 18-25 demographic – the ones most likely to be Democrats – don’t vote. Doubly so, because once they graduate from college they’re more likely to be conservative. And people who just graduate high school tend to not vote at all – but if they do, its conservative.

    * Don’t confuse ‘conservative’ with Republican; they’re not the same.

  16. James says:

    I’m not going to lie, I didn’t read all of these comments because I’m at work and don’t have time, but I will say this:

    Most people on Myspace are young
    Young people (as sad as it is) don’t vote and therefore have no say in the ultimate outcome of the election
    So the number Myspace friends a particular candidate has is irrelevant.

  17. James says:

    When I say young, I mean under 25…and even those people don’t vote — sad statement on society.

  18. p campbell says:

    “I love the comment on Ron Paul. It’s obvious that a concerted effort is being made to push him as a great guy on Digg – far too many unwarranted comments and articles all over the place.”

    Of course. Perhaps the diggers are in league with the MSM, or perhaps they’re (shudder) FORCING the poor media outlets and bloggers to write about him.

    Maybe we should count how many links and comments there are on Digg about Barack Obama; what has he done to warrant the attention?

  19. ho… hum… the exit polls said John Kerry would win in a landslide… so this is news?

    myspace is used more often by kids seeking to create accounts that their parents can’t see (and is advertised as for kids). Since, according to elite media, only stupid people vote for conservatives, I wonder why Obama has so many MySpace friends. Most myspace users I’ve ever met are fairly brainless.

  20. abburdlen says:

    Though he hasn’t announced if he’ll run for President it’s worth mentioning Wes Clark has 46913 myspace friends.

  21. fitnessfortheoccasion says:

    “The Obama camp scrambled to deny responsibility for Phil’s ad.”.

    There is no indication the Obama camp scrambled at all. They had no reason to, since the guy responsible had only one connection to the campaign: he worked for a company that provided tech services to each campaign.

    He resigned promptly.

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  23. Ivan Minic says:

    Seems like Barack will really have a chance 🙂

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  25. abu ameerah says:

    Interesting post. I would imagine that Democrats would indeed be favored more by the Myspace crowd…

  26. Jon says:

    Interesting comments!

    Did everyone see that John McCain’s MySpace profile got hacked today?

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/03/27/john-mccains-myspace-page-hacked/

    Jon

  27. Ky says:

    Ron Paul is making it big on Digg.com because a lot of his views and statements are bold and align with the intelligent portions of the internet community (sorry, but Digg is a pretty intellectual site). Digg users are often having to deal with big government organizations (ie Bush admin trying to use Google search histories, FCC trying to censor, or dealing with internet neutrality bills) and are aware that Ron Paul’s political views would affect them in a positive way.
    On the other hand you have fools like Hillary trying to censor video games (Digg community hates that one) or Romney trying to force church into the state. Either way you put it, I’ll make the very un-bold comment that Digg users are more politically aware than most other demographics and their support for Ron Paul should be hinting at a few things…

  28. pligg.com says:

    2008 Presidential Candidates by Number of MySpace Friend

    took a break from ValueWiki this weekend and made an interesting discovery.

    Take a look at impact.MySpace.com and you’ll see all the 2008 Presidential hopefuls…yes, on MySpace. In fact, libertarian underdog Ron Paul is an active MySpace blogger, a…

  29. Janessa Vapors says:

    Please remember that when Dennis Kucinich was mayor of Cleveland in the late ’70’s the Cuyahoga River actually caught fire.

    Dennis Kucinich managed to catch his own hair on fire twice the same year, and his brother was arrested for indecent exposure.

    True Story. He’s fun.

  30. plubius says:

    Sooner or later, candidates should be able to sit comfortably in their homes and relax… and just campaign on myspace or facebook…

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  36. Joel Toe says:

    Nice post and great coverage. Keep it up.

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  39. Ben says:

    May I direct you to http://myspace.com/Stanhope08 – 6500 friends and his main page has nearly 30,000. Doug is running for the Libertarian party nomination.

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  42. Rofl no way is doug stanhope running? What did man of the year inspire him to run lol. Anyway he’s an awesome comedian though.

  43. Christa says:

    You really need to do some more work here, and update your “friends list” numbers for the presidential candidates on my space. Your numbers are extremely low.

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  48. djzen says:

    Pligg sites are so cool to work them. Too bad their templates are so hard to modify.

  49. MySpace Proxy says:

    Very well thought out and informative. I’m sure many others enjoy reading this too, but are just a little scared to post – anyway – thanks again!

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