Daily Digest: Obama's One Miiiiillionth Fan
BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 18 2008
The Web on the Candidates
The latest battle in Google Wars '08: while Barack Obama
is attempting (we think) to boost
his own rumor debunking to the top of the search engine's results,
a netroots-driven campaign
to link John McCain to unpleasant press coverage enters its 19th day.
Chris "Google Bomber" Bowers is claiming
success for the "Searching for John McCain" effort,
reporting that the nine targeted articles have been bumped into the
top results for searches on variants of McCain's name.
McCain's lagging behind his Democratic opponent when it comes to
most objective online metrics, suggests Patrick Ruffini,
can be attributed to the his
campaign's top-down "establishment" culture that hasn't
been convinced that Mac needs the Internet to win.
The Candidates on the Web
Hillary Clinton's bow out of the Democratic race
gave Obama's Facebook numbers a boost, and last night at about 10:15
EST his official
Facebook profile hit the one million supporter mark -- becoming,
says the campaign's (and Facebook co-founder) Chris Hughes, the
most popular person/place/thing/event/cause on Facebook. TechPres's
Michael Whitney has
details, including a screen cap of the magical moment. McCain's
Facebook group, Michael notes, boasts something in the neighborhood
of 150,000 fans. (Does the campaign know who its one millionth supporter
is? Does s/he get Facebooked a digital toaster?)
Off The Bus's Listening
Post has launched, giving the whole wide world a front row seat
for the campaigns' daily press calls. Audio
recordings of the conference calls are generally posted within an
hour and a half after they wrap. (Here, a
gift for your feed reader.)
TechCongress and Beyond
We've been keeping a close eye on the brouhaha over the Associated
Press's order to a blogger to cease and desist in quoting its work
online. Here's the latest. The AP has posted a
price scale for excerpts, and quotes as short as five words are
subject to fees. Say, then, were I to quote an
AP recap of the dust-up that says of the company's attempt to
set guidelines: "even that idea triggered further protests."
The charge for that? $12.50.
The AP, say
some bloggers, just doesn't understand that it doesn't get to
define what "fair use" means when it comes to what online
scribes can and can't do. A rep from the Media
Bloggers Association is meeting with the AP tomorrow, but don't
except all bloggers to abide by whatever gets worked out in the meeting.
(Bonus: TechPresident's Liza Sabater has an
interview with the MBA's Bob Cox.)
In Case You Missed It…
Man, has geekdom gone mainstream. Jonathan Zittrain
joined Steven Colbert night to
discuss the steps we need to take to preserve the Internet's happy chaos.
Jonathan, you might recall, will be keynoting day two of the upcoming
Hillary Clinton dropped
far less coin on online advertising than Barack Obama has, reports
Kate Kaye. To cite one metric, Clinton spent just under
$300,000 for Google ads all of this year and the last, while Obama has
spent more than $2 million on the same in '08 alone.
Tracy Russo argues that McCain's recent claims that
he indeed groks the Internet are simply
"not enough." In a comment on Tracy's post, Micah
Sifry points to a New York Sun editorial that defends
the candidate's self-professed computer illiteracy: "Without
a computer, he has more time to spend with his family and friends, time
that he might have squandered surfing the Internet." Indeed. It's
like why I don't go in for electricity. When it gets dark, I go to bed.
I find myself far more rested than my peers.