Skip to Content
Uncategorized

McCain, Online Social Networker?

The Republican’s online social-networking presence increases at a faster rate, although absolute numbers still favor Obama.
September 12, 2008

Whatever anyone thinks of Barack Obama, there’s not much question that he mastered online social-networking technologies as a tool to help him eke out victory against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. Is John McCain now catching up? In realms like Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube, Obama is still far ahead of McCain overall. But when it comes to new growth, McCain’s numbers are increasing at a faster rate. Although in absolute numbers these increases are still smaller than Obama’s increases, the gap is narrowing.

Here are the one-week increases as of Friday at noon, as compiled by www.techpresident.com. McCain’s Facebook supporters were up 15 percent, to 323,849, compared with Obama’s 5.2 percent rise, to 1,763,643. McCain’s MySpace friends were up 13.3 percent, to 91,381, compared with Obama’s 3.6 percent rise, to 517,454. And McCain’s YouTube views were up 11 percent, to 15,890,392, against Obama’s 4.8 percent rise, to 64,223,321.

Not long ago, Obama had closer to 10 times as many Facebook supporters, MySpace friends, and YouTube views as McCain. Whether McCain’s recent gains will make a difference in the general election obviously remains to be seen.

Keep Reading

Most Popular

Large language models can do jaw-dropping things. But nobody knows exactly why.

And that's a problem. Figuring it out is one of the biggest scientific puzzles of our time and a crucial step towards controlling more powerful future models.

The problem with plug-in hybrids? Their drivers.

Plug-in hybrids are often sold as a transition to EVs, but new data from Europe shows we’re still underestimating the emissions they produce.

Google DeepMind’s new generative model makes Super Mario–like games from scratch

Genie learns how to control games by watching hours and hours of video. It could help train next-gen robots too.

How scientists traced a mysterious covid case back to six toilets

When wastewater surveillance turns into a hunt for a single infected individual, the ethics get tricky.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.