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Giuliani's Network Support

Tonight Rudy Giuliani is holding another National House Party Night. And, this time around, supporters can tune in for a live Web cast on his site.

In recent months Hizzoner, who's beencriticizedin the past for his anemic online presence, has beefed up his Internet strategy. Dan Meyers, his videographer, has posted regular "Running with Rudy" online videos that shows the former New York mayor on the stump. Meyers's latest featured behind-the-scenes footage of last week's CNN/YouTube debate. Last week, the campaign unveiled Team Rudy, a social networking platform of its own where supporters can create profiles, a la Facebook, and earn points by signing up their friends, donating money and volunteering at local Giuliani headquarters. Giuliani spokeswoman Maria Comella said nearly 1,000 profiles were created in the first four days the site was up and running.

Said David All of TechRepublican: "Looking back, I'm sure the Rudy Giuliani team would have preferred to have a more robust Web presence up from Day One -- wouldn't everyone? But the reality is that it has taken some serious convincing that it is wroth the investment."

Creating their own in-house social networks have their upsides and downsides for the candidates, various campaigns said. Aides to Rep. Ron Paul, the GOP's bona fide Internet star, pulled the plug on their own soc-net weeks before its launch. "Facebook users, YouTube viewers, MeetUp groups are doing that work for us, outside of our campaign. So why build our own social networking platform?" Jesse Benton, Paul's press secretary, told The Trail. On the other hand, MyBarackObama, Barack Obama's in-house networking hub, has been effective for the senator, who is the most popular Democratic candidate online. Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki said more than 90,000 supporters have created profiles on their site.

--Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  |  December 6, 2007; 6:42 PM ET
 
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Posted by: washpost3 | December 9, 2007 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Rudy's riding high on a number of myths about his role as Hizzoner, New York City. Try reading the article about him in the current issue of New York Magazine. Those who believe his fantasies may find them dissolving!

Posted by: ishamst | December 7, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Well written and thoughtful post, Mr. Vargas. You apparently research and fact-check yourself, which is more than can be said of most of your peers!

Apparently, the GOP Powers-That-Be that are pushing Giuliani still don't understand the internet! A social networking site is not a top-down heirarchical structure that a campaign (or anyone else) can impose and operate- it is a bottom-up free-form grassroots operation that grow organically through it's members' participation.

This 'Team Rudy' will probably be a flop, as in it's inception it seeks to set itself apart from the web community, probably as a means of control for the campaign. It's raison d'etre is also it's fatal flaw, as you can't generate grassroots support- it comes to you!

Posted by: xtrabiggg | December 6, 2007 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I agree with this comment from the previous post:

Rudy and Hillary are just more of the same Fearmongering and Pandering for power.

I Vote For Virtue; I vote For Ron Paul.

Those who rely on others for their understanding are easily led.

I could not have said it better myself.

Ron Paul Rocks

Posted by: tess101 | December 6, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Rudy and Hillary are just more of the same Fearmongering and Pandering for power.

I Vote For Virtue; I vote For Ron Paul.

Those who rely on others for their understanding are easily led.

Posted by: PainfullyAware | December 6, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

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