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No, no, no . . .Michael Bloomberg, the techno titan and mayor of New York, is not running for president.

But like all presidential candidates, he now has a Facebook and MySpace profiles, Launched last week on his Web site,, his supporters on MySpace and Facebook collectively number 303. He's got a lot of catching up to do. Sen. Barack Obama, who leads in both the Facebook and MySpace contests , has nearly 143,000 Facebook friends and more than 173,000 MySpace friends. Not only that, Bloomberg's profiles, as they stand, misunderstand the power of the soc-net-gen -- the social networking generation. They're bland, with a bio that reads more like an encyclopedia entry. For one, Bloomberg didn't fill out the "Interests" section, the kind of place where Sen. Hillary Clinton (or her staffer) writes: "I'm a lousy cook, but I make pretty good soft scrambled eggs."

His handlers insist that he's not running for the White House. "He would like to influence the dialogue about leadership in this country. . . the sites are all ways to influence that national conversation," said spokesman Robert Lawson.

One of his Facebook supporters, 23-year-old Jonathan Hunt-Glassman, isn't buying it.

"It's obvious that he's thinking of running," wrote Glassman in a Facebook e-mail to The Trail. "The Republicans' lack of credibility and the Democrats' inaction have left a tremendous hunger for a non-ideological candidate raising new issues and taking bold stands on them."

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  |  September 10, 2007; 3:55 PM ET
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Comments has just launched! Tell Mike you want him to run by signing the petition on the site, and by posting the petition on your own page and getting more people to sign it there. Here's a great new tool, Bloomberg fans. Take it and run with it!

Posted by: foster204 | January 14, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

With a Mayor like Bloombeg who needs a President? Why not move the white House to Manhattan? I will vote for it.

Posted by: tabita | September 10, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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