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The perils of bragging about Facebook

From epolitix: "Meanwhile, Hilary Benn's team noted that the international development secretary has 560 supporters on social networking site Facebook on Monday morning.

This represents a massive lead on the other contenders - education secretary supporters Alan Johnson has 269 'friends', Labour chairman Hazel Blears with 226, Cruddas with 201, Hain with 143 and Harman with 136".

And here is facebook page for the Son of 'Inishally the premish ish thish'. (Will require registration). And we have five 'friends' sporting Alan Johnson for Deputy avatar pictures, no fewer than five people with the surname Benn (one of whom uses a photograph of long dead bluesman Mississippi John Hurt), seven Cruddas for leader avatar users, someone who is pretending to be Hunter Thompson, another one pretending to be Keir Hardie, a miserable looking chap from Edinburgh with 'First vote Green' attached to his photo, Jonathan Isaby (who is One of Us), Norman Lamont (apparently), and a Hazel Blears for Deputy avatar user.

Still, don't Benns campaign on the issues, not personalities?

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:18 am

I wonder how many of the people who are going to vote actually know what facebook is? Actually I wonder how many of these people on facebook know what it is?

I always get the impression that their web designer knows and they just nod.  

Anonymous verity said... 12:34 pm

Why don't you tell us. I've never even visited the site because it seems singularly pointless, but if it has a sinister agenda, that would be fun to read about.  

Anonymous verity said... 12:38 pm

PS- is anyone else having a problem accessing The Torygraph this today? Has there been exciting news and it's overloaded?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 12:49 pm

Facebook is a bit silly, although (cough) I signed up for it a while back - I think it was so I could see a page someone had pointed out as being worthy of mockery.

The 'graph's site looks OK to me.  

Anonymous verity said... 1:13 pm

Thank you, Croydonian. The Telegraph's back up.

What is the point of Facebook?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:27 pm

Not an easy one to answer, frankly. Social networking sites are hugely popular with younger folk, having grown up with the internet, but even for we comparative grey beards they are useful as sort of interactive address books and the like.

However, if the site fell over tomorrow, I would not feel that I had lived my life in vain.  

Anonymous verity said... 4:54 pm

Croydonian - I'm sorry to be a nuisance, but would you mind checking The Telegraph again? It keeps saying "Cannot find server" - yet I'm going to other websites,including this one, with no problems.

But even if The Telegraph were down, I cannot imagine that it would be down for over an hour!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:02 pm

It isn't working for me either. Most peculiar.  

Anonymous verity said... 5:29 pm

Thank you, Croydonian. I was on the line to Tel-Mex technical help when your answer came up on your blog.

I just cannot imagine The Telegraph being down for so long! I wonder what's wrong ...  

Blogger james higham said... 7:51 pm

Chippie is in Facebook? Gulp!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:55 pm

James - would I lie to you?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:57 pm

With friends including Dale, Peter Hain, PragueTory and Isaby.  

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