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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 11:22 PM
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Thousands of young voters organize for Obama on Facebook
WP, pg1: Young Voters Find Voice on Facebook
Site's Candidate Groups Are Grass-Roots Politics for the Web Generation
By Jose Antonio Vargas
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 17, 2007; Page A01


College students, from left, Katie Ehlert, Lacey McMullen, Jessica Tobelmann and Amy Divine cheer for Sen. Barack Obama at a Facebook.com event. (By Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post)

Late on the day that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) announced he was forming a presidential exploratory committee, Farouk Olu Aregbe logged on to Facebook.com, the popular online community where college students post profiles, share photos and blog. On a whim he created a group called "One Million Strong for Barack."...

Farouk's group had 100 members in the first hour. In less than five days, 10,000. By the third week, nearly 200,000. Yesterday, a month after he created the group, it clocked in 278,100 members.

There are more than 500 Obama groups on Facebook. One of the first, "Students for Barack Obama" was created on July 7 by Meredith Segal, a junior at Bowdoin College who first heard of Obama when he gave the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Instead of starting "a petition or something" to encourage the freshman senator to run for president, she turned to her Facebook page, created a group and invited people (first her friends, later strangers) to join.

Now it's a political action committee with nearly 62,000 members and chapters in 80 colleges, the most structured grass-roots student movement -- there's a director of field operations, an Internet director, a finance director and a blog team director -- in the presidential campaign so far....A few weeks ago, Segal's group staged a rally at George Mason University that drew an estimated 3,000 students -- and an appearance from Obama himself. This past Sunday, her group's Iowa State University chapter helped promote a rally that attracted more than 5,000.

While the Illinois senator's presidential campaign has outpaced his rivals in the enthusiasm it has generated on Facebook and other social networking sites such as Friendster.com and MySpace.com, no one knows whether such online excitement can translate to votes....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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Katherine Brengle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 11:26 PM
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1. If we could vote on the Internet like American Idol, a Dem would win every time...
too many young voters don't take the time (I'm 25 and even now most of my friends don't vote).
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 11:28 PM
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2. how many times can one person vote on that entertainment show? nt
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Bullet1987 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 11:29 PM
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3. I'm a member of the Facebook group!!!
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Colobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 11:31 PM
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4. I'm not into Facebook
But I'm glad to know he's getting some love over there. I'm a grad student and a T.A., and I can tell you most of my peers and students are strongly supporting Barack... I wish most of them decided to support him in the primaries and general election as well.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 11:41 PM
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6. That's great, Bullet! If there are any events like the ones described in the article...
or other things you think might be of interest, maybe you could post a report. (Now, even though I'm on the Net, I'm feeling like I'm part of "old media.")
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ElizabethDC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 12:23 AM
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8. it's unlimited
Some people vote hundreds or even thousands of times.
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illinoisprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 11:32 PM
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5. my son has never voted is wants to register just to vote for OBAMA
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Bullet1987 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-16-07 11:46 PM
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7. ...
or other things you think might be of interest, maybe you could post a report. (Now, even though I'm on the Net, I'm feeling like I'm part of "old media.")

Sure!
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Mojorabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 12:35 AM
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9. I thought the original op title said horseback
at first glance. Must be subliminal. I really think he can capture the public's imagination for a better world.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 12:56 AM
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10. He's not my favorite, but I'm moving into the anyone-but-Hillary camp.
If Obama can ride the youth vote in, more power to him.
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loyalsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 03:36 AM
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11. That's not just votes
Student VOLUNTEERS!!
Bodies willing to knock on doors will go a long way in competition during the primary.
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