Unofficial Lib Dem Facebook fan group exceeds 100,000 members

by Stephen Tall on April 19, 2010

It’s less than a week since Lib Dem Voice brought you news of a fresh new unofficial Facebook fan group, We got Rage Against the Machine to #1, we can get the Lib Dems into office!

We noted then that the group was “almost as big” as the official Lib Dem Facebook group, having just reached the 13,000 members mark.

Since then LibDem2010.com (its official web address) has gone well and truly viral, and today it passed the 100,000 member mark. In fact it didn’t just pass it, it smashed it. As I type it stands at 102,759 members. By the time you read this it will be more, many more.

Roy Greenslade, the Guardian’s media commentator, has (rightly) noted that – for all the talk of this being the first internet election – to date it’s been very traditional: the one defining moment to date was broadcast on television.

But of course media are not mutually exclusive. And what we’re seeing now on the back of the TV debate is a groundswell of opinion among a large, and growing, and connected, segment of the population that the Lib Dems are the vehicle of change at this election.

A vote for Gordon Brown or David Cameron is a vote for the same old politics, the same old self re-inforcing status quo.

None of us yet knows for sure what’s happening in this election campaign. The last few days may prove to be illusory. But they may mark a deeper shift in public opinion: a sense that something has to change in British politics, that the system needs to be given a good shake. And it’s that mood which the Lib Dems have captured.

If the opinion polls we’re seeing at the moment materialise at the only-poll-that-counts on 6th May who knows what will happen? All we know is that politics will never be quite the same again. And that, I think, is the point.

And that’s why at the end of typing this brief post LibDem2010.com now numbers 103,225 members.