GOP Parodies Obama's Facebook Page

'Barackbook' highlights candidate's controversial 'friends'
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2008 1:00 AM CDT
Barackbook's FriendFeed features controversial figures tied to the candidate, including corrupt Chicago landlord Tony Rezko, seen here at the Federal Courthouse, June 4, 2008.    (AP Photo, file)
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(Newser) – The GOP is lampooning Barack Obama's popular Facebook page with something it calls Barackbook. The fake Facebook clone features a frowning Obama whose status reads "hoping to settle on an Iraq policy before November," Wired reports. In addition, the imaginary FriendFeed highlights controversial figures associated with the candidate, including former Weather Underground member William Ayers and corrupt landlord Tony Rezko.

The satirical site updates a classic political strategy, guilt-by-association, by leveraging the strengths of social networking: brevity, graphics, and humor, Wired notes. Fans of Barackbook can post comments, though recent ones were largely in favor of the candidate. Obama's real Facebook page boasts more than a million "friends" to McCain's 183,000.