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Joe Biden has 226 MySpace friends: Can he connect?

Perhaps Jill should give Joe lessons in social networking!
Written by Donna Bogatin, Contributor on
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Joe Biden appears a bit lonely at MySpace. He counts 226 MySpacers among his friends almost a week after he announced he wants to be president of the United States. 

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attracted tens of thousands of Yahoo Answers shortly after announcing she intends to be the next president of the United States (see "Yahoo: 36,147 people tell Hillary Clinton what to do ").

Is Clinton already ahead of colleague Biden in what I am calling the ‘User Generated Politics’ presidential campaign? 

Both Clinton and Biden announced their candidacies via video announcements at their respective Web sites. Biden put forth a staid declaration, but Clinton cheered “I’m in, and I’m in to win!”

Biden:  “Friends, today I’ve filed the necessary papers to become a candidate for President of the United States.”

The medium may be the message, but if everyone is using the same medium, the message better stand out!

Biden’s campaign team has Social Media enabled Biden, but will Biden actually connect socially?

Biden’s campaign Web site calls out “Get Connected” and points to Biden at the requisite Web 2.0 social destinations: YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, even Flickr.

How does Biden stack-up in social networking so far?

The JoeBidendotcom channel at YouTube has three videos, but not his “broadcast yourself” campaign announcement. The channel has 36 subscribers.

“Biden For President” MySpacer has 226 fellow MySpacer friends, including MySpace founder Tom Anderson by default.

At Facebook, Joe Biden invites fellow Facebookers to “poke” him.

Joe Biden has 132 photos posted at Flickr but “Jill Biden, wife of Senator Joe Biden,” may be inspiring more comments than the candidate himself.

One commenter shared “Jill, you look great. And I just love your boots.”

Perhaps Jill should give Joe lessons in social networking!

STAY TUNED TO THIS DIGITAL MARKETS BLOG FOR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF “USER GENERATED POLITICS” 2008

More in this Digital Markets Special Series:
Hillary TV: Will ‘User Generated Politics’ get Clinton to the White House? and
Google already winner in Clinton presidential bid and
Social media conversations: Talking or selling? and
Hillary TV broadcasts on YouTube

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