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Facebook Looking for 1,000,000 Strong for Stephen Colbert

Never mind Sen. Barack Obama. Forget Rep. Ron Paul.

At the moment, the candidate of the week on Facebook, where Obama and Paul have ruled for months, is author/satirist/pontificator Stephen Colbert.

As of 12 a.m. Thursday, a little more than a day after the popular Comedy Central talk show host announced that he would run for president, a Facebook group called "1,000,000 Strong for Stephen T. Colbert" had 16,002 members. The group's manager, a Facebook user named Raj Vachhani -- who curiously doesn't have a photo in his Facebook profile -- noted that by 4:59 p.m. Wednesday, the group had 5,000 members. By 9:22 p.m., 10,000. The goal? "1 million by the end of this week." Sound familiar? Early in the year, The Post wrote about the Facebook group "One Million Strong For Barack," which in days drew thousands of supporters to the freshman Illinois senator.

'It has taken Obama's 1,000,000 Strong Group months to get 378,000 members," the creator wrote, "lets see how long it takes to beat that." Whether or not the group will move beyond parody isn't entirely clear. Voter registration information is prominently displayed on the Facebook page. "If you are not yet registered to vote, and are 18, print out this form and mail it in! Every vote counts, especially when we're going to write in his name on the ballot (non SC residents)."

"1,000,000 Strong for Stephen L. Colbert" isn't the only Colbert group on Facebook. "One Million STRONG for Stephen Colbert '08," which was formed in March, has 12,404 members. And a joint "Stewart/Colbert '08" group, encouraging Colbert to run with Daily Show host Jon Stewart, has 7,840 members.

Still, Colbert has a lot of catching up to do on Facebook. And, if he's really serious about running for president, he'll need an official MySpace page, a YouTube channel . . .

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post Editor  |  October 18, 2007; 5:57 PM ET
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