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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 03:30 PM
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Kerry visits facebook.com
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 03:32 PM by whometense
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2...



Weird article, really, kind of snarky and clueless, about pols trying to "be cool."

I don't think that's Kerry's point; I see it more as reaching out and taking an interest, and an expression of his natural curiosity. But that's probably way too positive a spin for a political reporter to credit.

WASHINGTON -- Last week, on a trip to the West Coast, Senator John F. Kerry insisted on visiting the Palo Alto headquarters of Facebook.com, the website that lets users set up online profiles featuring information such as their hometowns, favorite films, and whom they've been hanging out with lately.

Looking out of place in a suit and tie, Kerry, 62, shook hands and posed for pictures with the site's young, casually dressed staff, though he missed meeting the company's 22-year-old founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, who was traveling. Photographs of the event were posted on Facebook the next day.

Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, is looking to catch the next wave in cybercampaigning: Starting in September, Facebook will begin selling advertising space to politicians for an undisclosed fee, providing candidates a chance to connect with its nearly 9 million registered users, the vast majority in their teens and 20s.


Edit: nowhere does it actually say that Kerry is going to be buying ad space on facebook, nor that that was the point of his visit.
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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:18 PM
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1. Nice pic
He looks quite "cool" to me, actually.

Pretty good trick, looking cool in a suit and tie. ;-)
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:28 PM
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2. Very cool pic!
"Looking out of place in a suit and tie..."




:wtf:

Is this news or an editorial?



JK looks great!
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 04:45 PM
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3. Yeah, because people under 40 are just too hip for Hunter Thompson and
Lennon's friends.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:23 PM
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4. Who's Hunter Thompson and is this John Lennon the same guy
from Russia.

I kid, didn't know he was friends with Thompson though.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:54 PM
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5. They were friends, close friends, for over 30 years.
.
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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:10 PM
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8. check this out, Kleeb:
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demdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:52 PM
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16. This photo is on Flickr - JK and John Lennon
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 10:53 PM by demdiva
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 10:59 PM
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17. Yeah I know that one
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 10:59 PM by JohnKleeb
I think Kerry has a good understanding of my generation, I don't think he panders to it by pretending to be what he's not. He's often himself and I know that I at least appreciate that.
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demdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:05 PM
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18. I agree...I think I'm pretty close to your generation yeah?
In my late 20s
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:14 PM
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19. Maybefdunno
I'm 19. Facebook really is useful.
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demdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:55 AM
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20. yeah I've never actually used facebook or myspace
i do have a friendster profile though
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:57 PM
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6. and got a guitar from Bono, a guitar pic from Springstein
and an album dedicated to him from a former member of Nirvana. Too bad he's not as cool as Edwards, who is a friend of what cultural icon?

Can he beat a memmber of the Beatles (as cool as could be in the 60s and 70s),Springstein (the coolest in the 80s - at least in NJ), Nirvana in the early 90s( cool) and U2? Too bad Kerry was never cool.
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:16 PM
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9. GreenDay is cool.
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 06:16 PM by globalvillage


notice the tie.

edit THREE of them are wearing ties. Damn, they're trying to be cool like Sen Kerry!
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:22 PM
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11. Fogerty's awesome.
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:23 PM
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12. A tie would really not have worked here.


Steven Tyler's cool and sexy.
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demdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:01 PM
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7. ok..but Kerry is a tie guy ... so if he didn't wear a tie
then they would say he's trying to hard. It is a nice pic.
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Democrafty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 06:16 PM
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10. Aw.
It's cute how the Globe thinks Facebook is still "cool."
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whometense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:00 PM
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13. hee hee
:rofl:

good one!!!!
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 07:25 PM
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14. That's true - my daughter has sent me links to her
Facebook page at college. If a college kid links her mom - I assume, it's not cool.
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ElizabethDC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 08:59 PM
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15. Depends on the person . . .
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 09:04 PM by ElizabethDC
I let my mom see my facebook page, but I can assure you that not everyone's is so "clean," lol. Facebook is very, very popular - just about every college student in the country has a facebook page. I don't know whether it's "cool" or not, but it's a necessity, like having a cell phone. If you're in college and don't have a facebook page, people will assume you don't exist. :D So it's good to see that JK is aware of facebook. Evan Bayh has a profile and advertises his PAC through facebook - he's definitely made himself a presence.
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