Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Obama Seizes Myspace Page Belonging To Supporter


Apparently an Obama supporter has had a Myspace page about Obama for some time now. There are several "fake" celebrity sites on Myspace, but this one was different. This site had the permission from Obama's team, but now they have taken control of the site from the owner.


At the cost of losing 160,000 friends, Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign has taken over control of the MySpace page listed under his name on the popular social networking site.

For the past two and a half years, the page has been run by an Obama supporter from Los Angeles named Joe Anthony. At first, that arrangement was fine with the Obama team, which worked with Anthony on the content and even had the password to make changes themselves.

But as the site exploded in popularity in recent months, the campaign became concerned about an outsider having control of the content and responses going out under Obama's name and told Anthony they wanted him to turn it over.

Whoa! Talk about ungrateful. This guy was running the site for two and a half years, made it a huge success, and now Obama steals it away from him?

So they tell this guy to turn the site over, and he gives them a price that he'll sell it for. After all, he's been running the site for two and half years. Surely he should be able to get some compensation for his efforts, and success.

But the Obama campaign decided they wouldn't pay $39,000, which is what Anthony said he proposed for his extensive work on the site, plus some additional fees up to $10,000.

Wow! He only asked for $39,000 for a site that has 160,000 friends, but they refused?

Myspace stepped in and said that Obama should have control of the site. The reason is that he has more money, of course. Anthony gets to keep all of the friends, and Obama is trying to rebuild his friends list. He was around 17,000 when the article was written. Anthony has another Myspace page now, and says Obama has lost his vote for bullying him.


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