Colbert Gains Support On Facebook

    October 29, 2007

Comedian Stephen Colbert’s fictitious bid for the presidency has created a pretty big buzz on social networking site Facebook.

One group created by Raj Vachhani called "1,000,000 Strong for Stephen T Colbert" has attracted over one million members in a little over a week and it has become the most popular political group on Facebook.

On the groups Facebook page it says, "We did it! It only took us about 8 days to accumulate over 1 million members! Now, we must make sure that Colbert has the biggest group on Facebook. The biggest Facebook group has approximately 1.7 Million members, lets beat that."

Mr. Vachhani, a 16-year-old high school student from Montgomery, Ala., did not think that Colbert’s announcement for presidency would cause problems for Facebook’s servers. The number of group participants averaged 83 new members a minute for eight days. Facebook had to take the group offline for a brief period.

In an email interview with the New York Times, Mr. Vachhani said," "What amazed me the most was how [Barack] Obama’s 1 Million Strong Group took more than 8 months to get about 380,000 members, but Colbert’s 1 Million Strong Group took less than a week to get 750,000 members."