August 24th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Michael Phelps overtakes Obama on Facebook

(CNN) – The McCain campaign has called him "The One" - but Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is no longer #1 on Facebook, a popular social networking Web site.

On the same day that Obama revealed his choice of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate, Olympic darling Michael Phelps passed Obama in the number of "fans" or "supporters" associated with their respective pages on the site.

As of Sunday afternoon, Obama had roughly 1,383,000 "supporters" while Phelps, age 23, had more than 1,399,000 "fans."

Phelps' meteoric rise on Facebook was helped along by a congratulatory message many users saw when they logged into the site after the Baltimore swimmer captured 8 gold medals during the Beijing Games. The message contained a link to his Facebook page, where users could sign up as fans.

The Obama campaign's use of Facebook and other Web 2.0 and social networking technologies has been credited with building his base of supporters online - particularly those in the same age group as Phelps.

Though Obama now lags behind Phelps in terms of support on Facebook, the presumptive Democratic nominee is still far ahead of rival Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee. McCain currently has roughly 215,000 supporters on the popular social networking site.

Phelps did not respond to CNN's request for comment about overtaking Sen. Obama on Facebook.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. clarity

    dumb article comparing apples to oranges. I know it is just hours before the opening of the only convention that matters and there is not much to scribble about but this is ridiculous.

    August 24, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. barry c

    he is better looking and more qualified at bringing home the gold,....
    obama will be lucky to deliver bronze

    August 24, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Wonder how Biden feels to be the "Token White Guy?"

    August 24, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. NVH

    tsk tsk tsk!!!! is everybody at cnn on information over load? or just bored?

    August 24, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  5. Sean

    Brandy, NJ: Why are you making up statistics?

    August 24, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. Sean

    Chuck: Why do you have to be racial? People like you are the problem with this country. You want to claim it has nothing to do with race, but then you make comments like that and take away all doubt that you're just a racist.

    August 24, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. Time TO GO NOW!!!

    As of Sunday afternoon, Obama had roughly 1,383,000 "supporters" while Phelps, age 23, had more than 1,399,000 "fans."
    1,399.000-1383.000 =16……Comparing an Olympic swimmer to a US presidential candidate?Patnetic!!!
    Peter of Oregon – How many Facebook fans does Hillary Clinton or John McCain have CNN…OK CNN Don'T GO FOX NEWS ON US !!!
    Shame on You CNN!!!

    August 24, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  8. Leila

    Republicans are just haters and can't deal with the fact that Obama is the best choice for president, who is actually for the people. congradulations to Phelps, but it shouldn't matter who is #1 on facebook. Vote Obama/Biden 08' Young people everywhere lets make a difference and vote this election and show the older people that we care about our country's future. Lets get MOTIVATED!!!!!

    August 24, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. aware

    Carpe Deum Michael! :)

    Phelps worked very hard to attain his goal, and is obviously proud to represent his country! He deserves top billing!

    Obama is fading as an American idol and as a credible candidate for president of the United States of America!

    And, a convention extravaganza will not earn him kudos any more than the big trip/big Berlin speech did.

    Obama's books plus the Corsi and Freddoso books plus the words of Obama, Michelle, their mentors and friends have given Americans quite a lot to chew on. The Obama family/camp are too late in trying to tackle an image already ingrained in the minds of Americans!

    Obama never! :(

    Dont waste your vote! Vote for John McCain 08 and Hillary Clinton 2010! :)

    August 24, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  10. Republican on the fence

    I guess Cnn Doesn't like when you write about them they have been posting all my comments all night and when I call CNN on tis baseless reteric they bump me. Who is Bias, Cnn get some tuff skin

    August 24, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. VOICE OF REASON

    ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!! MICHAEL PHELPS GOLD CAME AT A PRICE. TRAINING, SACRIFICE AND PERFORMANCE UNDER INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE. OBAMA HAS HAD HIS GOLD SHINED UP TO A MIRROR FINISH BY A MARKETING CAMPAIGN. THE SAME SORT OF MEDIA ANTICS THAT MADE CHI-COM OLYMPICS LOOK LIKE THEY WERE FROM NEBRASKA. IVE NOTICED THE WAY THINGS ARE DONE MORE NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. WHILE WE STRUGGLE WITH HIGH ENERGY THE DESPOTS OF ASIA FOAM IN OUR MONEY. WHILE WE DROWN IN HIGH GROCERY PRICES BIG AGRA EXPLOITS CHEAP LABOR OF ILLEGALS THRU POLITICAL FAVORS. ASK OL SAXBY AND TEDDY. WHILE WE WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE INTEGRITY OF OUR ECONOMY THE BUSINESS CARD IN CHINA AND INDIA IS SHOVED UP OUR NOSES. NO,NO,NO,NO, OBAMAS FLIMSEY BAG BOY PERSONNA IS NO MORE THAN FOOLS GOLD. ITS AN ABSOLUTE SLAP IN THE FACE TO SIR PHELPS TO COMPARE HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT THIS SNAKE OIL SALESMAN. GET REAL WHEN YOU INCLUDE HEROES WITH HOWARD DEAN STOOGES.

    August 24, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Michael

    Celebrity is fleeting.

    Obama slipping in the polls and on face book. Hillary people bailing on him after he snubbed her for VP. I'm taking bets that the stadium will be less than half full for his DNC acceptance speech.

    Thats the life of a Rockstar, fans can be so fickle. His campaign is starting to look like a farewell tour.

    August 24, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Tit4tat

    No Obama in 2008? Ok then...No HILLARY in 2012! Because of you PUMA's, she will NEVER get my vote.

    Let's let the Republicans rule this country forever!

    August 24, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian

    BARACK SUPPORTERS,

    I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I AM SO SICK OF CNN's NEGATIVE REPORTING AGAINST BARACK, that I have a suggestion for all of BARACK'S SUPPORTERS. LET US BOYCOTT CNN, UNTIL THEY GET THE MESSAGE, THAT WE ARE TOTALLY OUTRAGED ABOUT THE WAY THEY REPORT THE SO-CALLED "NEWS" ABOUT BARACK!

    Seriously there are so many other sites with as good or better news coverage that WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE TOTAL NEGATIVITY OF JOHN KING, WOLF BLITZER, AND THE EVER OFFENSIVE LOU DOBBS!

    August 24, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Keith

    Who cares about Michael Phelps. He had his few days of fame and in due time his record will be broken just like Mark Spitz' was.

    August 24, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  16. Josh, Texas

    Ironic, considering they're about equally qualified to be commander and chief...actually, Phelps probably has the edge there.

    August 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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