Become the mayor's friend

It's been a little over a month since I stumbled upon Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's social network sites and posted about the mayor's search for a new media director. They've been busy since then. His Facebook page has fleshed out a bit with videos, posted notes and photos. He's got 551 "supporters" as of tonight, including a half dozen or more staffers, with more likely to come in due to invitations being emailed around Democratic circles. Like this one:

Hi Y'all-

I just wanted to let everyone know that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is launching his social networks websites as a part of his re-election
campaign as Mayor of Los Angeles. Mayor Villaraigosa tirelessly campaigned for both Hillary's Presidential Bid and President-Elect Obama's. In WJC's words "He was one of the hardest campaigners I had ever seen."

Support Mayor Villaraigosa by joining his Facebook group at He has Twitter, You Tube and Flickr and is starting to really utilize the new media.

Pass the site along to friends, family and co-workers. Mayor Villaraigosa is a great leader and person that both Hillary and President-Elect Obama respect and admire. So let's support him by joining his Facebook page!


His Twitter account has gone quiet, despite attracting 406 followers and some helpful suggestions from local bloggers who somehow thought the mayor himself would be tweeting. Looks like they've abandoned the Flickr page for now.

For what it's worth: I'm not bothering with the LA Observed home on Twitter either right now, but do post some days on Facebook.

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