August 24th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
13 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. who wants a whiner?

    Politics? At a football stadium? Well, I guess the election of our next President is more important than football...

    August 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. I didn't drink the Kool-aid

    I guess the kids have a new cult hero. Maybe you should just quit now osama.

    August 24, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Bob (NC)

    All of Obama's young supporters who voted for "change" in the primary are now busy with other things and becoming less captivated since they've learned he's just another politician and nothing special.

    August 24, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. Ray from CA

    Ok your stupid

    he's not MUSLIM!

    August 24, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Bboy


    August 24, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. kyra

    OBIDEN 08!!!!

    August 24, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Peter of Oregon

    How many Facebook fans does Hillary Clinton or John McCain have CNN?

    August 24, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. tedious898

    I didn't drink the Kool-aid, Bob (NC)

    Keep it up PUMAs and republicans. You can't take away what Obama and his supporters have accomplished. Is a shame you can't learn to appreciate someone reaching a "dream" or what otherwise would have been impossible for them or other African Americans no more that 10 years ago.

    I give the good Senator credit – win or lose

    August 24, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  9. Michele

    Is he a Democrat???

    August 24, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  10. Mike Hunt

    Comparing an Olympic swimmer to a US presidential candidate?

    I think a better, more newsworthy comparison would be between the mainstream media and the dinosaurs of yesterday.

    What next? Comparing John McCain with Ralph Wiggum?

    August 24, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  11. Janice

    Obama is so yesterday for the kids,

    all the 13 yr old face book friends don't vote anyway.

    Obama needs to try and run an adult campaign.

    August 24, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  12. Les Spencer

    Perhaps if Mr. Obama would have chosen the more logical, and more appropriate running mate maybe his popularity would have been double that of Mike Phelps. At least Phelps is swimming for the gold instead of searching for pearls in a puddle while being blinded by the mud. We can only hope that the delegates at the DNC Convention see the light and seat Hillary, the clear winner of the popular vote in the primaries, as Presidential candidate. While they're at it they might even seek to do away eith Super delegate system which unfairly places the rich and famous in a position to over-ride the Peaople's choice- Hillary Clinton.

    August 24, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Jeffer65

    I'd vote for Ralph Wiggum if I could over McCain. McCain should pick him for VP.

    August 24, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. Evelyn at Sunny South Florida

    Sorry CNN but this is not news. Are you guys running out of material? Or are you starting to give Obama the same treatment you gave Clinton? Hmmmm I wonder.

    But just a word of what I have decided. Between Obama and McCain I am leaning towards McCain because he was in our armed forces and knows what it is to fight for our country. Every Every person I have known in the armed forces are so incredibly dedicated to this country in such a way that no one else can match such loyalty. Obama does seem to have that devotion. I can't vote for Obama and it's about time people stop obessesing with him. Good someone else is getting attention on facebook.

    August 24, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Texas Trail Kitty

    Micheal Phelps has replaced Obama because we Americans have notoriously short attention spans. People, young Michael may be the best darned swimmer to ever represent the US, however focus. We are trying to get rid of the Repubs before they completely destroy this country.

    August 24, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  16. Pat

    Facebook, MySpace and the rest of the New World Order "social networking" sites are nothing more but an instrument for which HSA and the rest of the globalists to easily gather info on everyone. I wouldn't put any credence in what anyone quotes from those sites because of the jerks who join them. No wonder there are so many unemployed in the US.

    August 24, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  17. TJ Johnson

    You can see the value of Facebook users' choices of dreamers and swimmers. Next week it will be a new movie star or dancer or a new 12-year old singer. Real strong citizens, Obama, as your supporters!.

    August 24, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Great! This shows that Americans love Obama and Phelps!
    Two men that know how to WIN!

    August 24, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. TN for Obama

    Phelps / Obama


    August 24, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. mel

    McCain,do not have anything to say but be negative.Let
    talk about issues McCain,this negative attacks don't really
    matter. Please move on to something else okay. Talk about
    what you going to do for america and not talk so much about

    August 24, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. Brandy, NJ

    This is news? The real news is that Obama screwed up. He dissed Hillary. He had 75% of her voters at the end of June. Now after his VP pick he only has 66% of them and losing every day.

    <- No vote 08

    August 24, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. Wisconsin


    So why is one PUMA site claiming they did the attack on an Obama office and you are reporting this?

    August 24, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. Chuck

    Ya mean Obama needs to hire more flunkies to blog AND run up his numbers on facebook?

    Oh My!!!

    August 24, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    At least Phelps can hold his own head above water...

    August 24, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Bob (NC) August 24th, 2008 8:25 pm ET

    All of Obama's young supporters who voted for "change" in the primary are now busy with other things and becoming less captivated since they've learned he's just another politician and nothing special.
    So then I guess he is only getting 20% in the polls to mccains 80? he is still ahead.

    August 24, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
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