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July 09, 2003

MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL, WHO'S THE NET SAVVIEST OF THEM ALL?....Chris Mooney points to today's Lycos 50 column, which is all about the Democratic presidential candidates and asks the question, who's the most popular on the internet these days? Why, Howard Dean, of course!

How popular on the Internet is Dean these days? More popular than Madonna, Dr. Phil, or Alyssa Milano.

Hmmm, is that the best they could do? I mean, at least I've heard of Madonna and Dr. Phil, but who's Alyssa Milano?

Anyway, it's no surprise that Dean has "left his competition in the dust when it comes to online popularity," since he's the only one of the bunch who's really using the internet much at all. But the list also reminds me of what a tiny crowd we news junkies are: Dean may lead the presidential wannabe pack, but he doesn't even register in the overall Lycos Top 50, ranking behind Neopets, Metallica, FAFSA, and other pop culture icons. At this point, there really aren't very many people who care about anybody who's running for president.

The column doesn't give exact rankings for each of the contenders, but here's the list in order of internet popularity:

1. Gov. Howard Dean
2. Sen. John Kerry
3. Gen. Wesley Clark
4. Sen. John Edwards
5. Rep. Dennis Kucinich
6. Sen. Bob Graham
7. Rev. Al Sharpton
8. Sen. Joe Lieberman
9. Rep. Dick Gephardt
10. Sen. Carol Mosley Braun

Posted by Kevin Drum at July 9, 2003 09:25 AM | TrackBack


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Kevin-

It's probably a good thing that you don't know who Alyssa Milano is, because when she first became famous, you could have gone to jail for thinking she was attractive. For people MY age, on the other hand, since she's all growed up...mee-OW.

(she was the daughter on Who's The Boss in the 80's)

Posted by: The Mighty Reason Man at July 9, 2003 09:44 AM | PERMALINK

um...kevin, you don't know who alyssa milano is? who's the boss? charmed? the crazy leather-clad svelte figure in those 1800-collect ads? the girl (woman) who most guys i know between 25 - 35 have had a secret 'thing' for since pre-puberty? i bet there are a TON of fan sites out there.

although i agree, perhaps they could've used some more substantive personalities for purposes of comparison.

Posted by: sarah k at July 9, 2003 09:45 AM | PERMALINK

Ya don't know Alyssa Milano?

Watch "Charmed". It's got lots of cleavage. And boobs. And more cleavage. With some boobs. And it's apparently a TV show, too. Did I mention boobs?

Posted by: squiddy at July 9, 2003 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

Looking at the list of Democratic candidates, they all seem bunched in obscurity even now. The press needed something to write about, and Dean apparently did a telethon-type on-line fundraiser just before the Moveon.org vote, so at the moment he is on top. Unless he has some Clintonesque qualities I haven't seen yet, he won't stay on top very long.

Dean is also the unknown governor of an unknown state (well, at least to us Texans. North of New York there is Boston, Murder-She-Wrote country, and Canada, and Canadians generally ignore our President. Sort of like Episcopalians and the Pope.)


So far I would like to see John Edwards with Wesley Clark as his running mate, but I would take anyone on the list who I thought could win.

Posted by: Rick B at July 9, 2003 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

OK, OK, I've never watched Who's the Boss or Charmed. Guess I'm just an old fogey, but we knew that already....

Posted by: Kevin Drum at July 9, 2003 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

so let's see, dean, who has the biggest internet presence, is best rated by internet people.

wonder how that'll translate in the real world if dean has the biggest real world presence....

if the substance is there, the flesh will follow, no?

(and for the record, i imagine kevin is being sarcastic. furthermore, a girl down the street from me when i was in high school looked just like alyssa. wow. memories...)

Posted by: j at July 9, 2003 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

oops...guess not on sarcasm.

Posted by: j at July 9, 2003 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

"unknown governor of an unknown state"

[Flashing back to 1991...]

Posted by: squiddy at July 9, 2003 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

When one does a Google Fight! the results are very different:
1. John Edwards (1 780 000)
2. John Kerry (856 000)
3. Wesley Clark (427 000)
4. Howard Dean (283 000)
And also, I am unconsolable you pretend not to know Alyssa Milano. You never visited Internet?
Adri Overgaauw
Rotterdam (NL)

Posted by: Adri Overgaauw at July 9, 2003 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

What is a "Google Fight!"? Do we get it in America? And if we don't, can we convince anyone to care about it?

Posted by: PG at July 9, 2003 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

Alyssa Milano is so overrated. I don't find her attractive at all. I've always been mystified by the cult of personality around her.

But on to less-substantive matters: am I the only one who thinks that "most popular on the internet" is not an award that keeps the Roves of the world awake at night?

Posted by: Realish at July 9, 2003 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

Kevin: claiming you're an old fogey to explain how you don't know Alyssa Milano is would be like pulling that same excuse with the Olsen Twins. You were around in the 1980s and may have even seen a sitcom or two.

Posted by: phil at July 9, 2003 10:59 AM | PERMALINK

The only reason John Edwards scores so high is that he's easily confused with the "psychic" that "talks to dead people".

Posted by: Alex at July 9, 2003 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

FYI, Calpundit is rated #8 in average daily traffic by The Truth Laid Bear today. Which is higher than the Howard Dean 2004 weblog, which comes in at #11. Congratulations, Kevin D.!

Posted by: David W. at July 9, 2003 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

Also, FAFSA is Free Application for Federal Student Aid. I'm not sure it counts as a Pop Icon. But, it does show that a lot of people wait till the last minute to file for college financial aid.

Posted by: Mike at July 9, 2003 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

Phil: I just never saw Who's the Boss, that's all.

As for the Olsen twins, they're the offspring of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, right?

Posted by: Kevin Drum at July 9, 2003 02:36 PM | PERMALINK

She's also the leather-clad minx on the 1800COLLECT commercials (but is not carrottop).

Posted by: Stoffel at July 9, 2003 03:06 PM | PERMALINK

OK. Anybody who doesn't know who Alyssa Milano is obviously is far too elderly to be on the Internet! Will the proper authorities please confiscate Mr. Drum's modem?

Posted by: Al at July 9, 2003 05:03 PM | PERMALINK

googlefight.com

Posted by: Jeff Quinton at July 9, 2003 05:50 PM | PERMALINK

Eh, Al, did you say something? My hearing's not so good these days....

Posted by: Kevin Drum at July 9, 2003 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

Strange - I didn't consider the Phoebe character on charmed interesting enough to find out her real name. Now Holly Marie Combs, that is another matter.

I still think Lexa Doig is the prettiest and most interesting woman on the various TV shows, however.

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