Obama Online: Facebook Vs. MySpace

Whispers Poll: Americans are split over how Obama should communicate directly with them.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Americans are clearly eager to network with the new Obama administration online, but they're split over which site the new president's team should use. In the new Washington Whispers poll conducted by Synovate eNation, Facebook was slightly ahead of MySpace as the favored networking site. Two others, Twitter and the picture-post Flickr, barely registered.

The polling data showed that the division over Facebook and MySpace deepened in different age groups. Those ages 18 to 24 preferred Facebook 53 percent to 34 percent. And the 35-to-44 crowd did too, 55 percent to 34 percent. Also, the more post-high school education the poll participant had, the more Facebook was the choice.

The Whispers Poll

Barack Obama and his new team promise to be the first online administration. Which networking site do you hope he communicates most through?

Facebook45%MySpace42%Twitter8%Flickr5% 

Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted January 7-9 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.