Updating yesterday’s story about the Obama campaign “stealing” a fan’s MySpace profile:
Joe Anthony, the Silverlake guy who started the Obama MySpace page over two years ago, writes that last night Barack himself gave him a call to help calm down the matter.
He expressed his appreciation and we agreed that there is something to be learned by everyone involved at this point. (Frankly, I was a little surprised by the call, and was too nervous to remember any exact quotes)
I assured him that this is just a horrible thing that happened and obviously he wasn’t responsible and shouldn’t be held responsible. It’s his campaign that perhaps mismanaged this whole thing. He of course stands by his campaign, but again. . . much to be learned by all. […]
I urge you all to consider this situation carefully. It’ll take time for me to work this out and decide if I will personally continue to support Obama, regardless of how I feel about his campaign’s handling of this situation…
Anthony also announced that the original Obama profile, with 150,000 friends, has been returned to his control… although the profile details have been deleted. Barack’s name and picture have been replaced with a question mark and a blank photo.
I’m unsure of how I’ll proceed from here with this blank profile of 150,000 people. I hope you’ll all help me decide.
At this point, maybe it would be best to delete it and move on.
Well, thats 153,529 friends… and counting. How much is an individual friend worth on MySpace? Surely he can find some way to make a profit off this… and if money isn’t an objective, one hell of a way to get out any social or political message…