Facebook Triumph for Colbert
Posted on Oct 29, 2007
Regardless of Americans’ varying opinions about Comedy Central court jester Stephen Colbert’s satirical (or is it?) play for the White House, one thing’s for sure—the man’s getting results. While Barack Obama’s bid to build a loyal network of young’uns on Facebook grew slowly, Colbert’s followers almost crashed the ultra-popular site’s servers in mere days.
After Colbert announced on 16 October that he would run, high-school student Raj Vachhani set up a group on Facebook called “1,000,000 Strong For Stephen T Colbert”.
The group was inspired by a similar movement in support of Democratic nomination hopeful Barack Obama, called “One Million Strong for Barack”.
While the group supporting Mr Obama took more than eight months to gain 380,000 members, Mr Vachhani’s group backing a candidate running in just one state has become one of the largest political groups on Facebook in less than two weeks.
AP photo / Jason DeCrow
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