No Votes Please,
Just Facebook Friends
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, MikeBloomberg.com, 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
Washington Post editors
September 10, 2007; 3:55 PM ET
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