via Hotline on Call
Barry Schnitt, a spokesman for Facebook, passes along additional election-related statistics:
-Preliminary data shows an increase of more than 20% in activity on the site on Election Day vs. last Tuesday (measured by page views).
-More than 5.44M people clicked the “I voted” button on Facebook to tell their friends they voted.
-John McCain has 625K supporters on Facebook.
-Barack Obama has 2.5M supporters – the most popular page on Facebook (no. 2 is Michael Phelps with 1.6M).
-Since 9/5, McCain added more than 330k fans and Obama added more than 750k fans.
-On Facebook, Obama added 18k+ supporters Sunday night, 25k+ Monday night, and added more than 40k+ supporters on election day. That is the largest single day of growth we have on record.
-McCain lost about 300 Facebook supporters on election day.
-Total election-related virtual gifts given: more than 2M.
-Shortly after midnight on Nov 4, about 1M people’s Facebook Statuses were simultaneously set with a unified message to remind their friends to vote today. This rippled across Facebook, blanketing user’s feeds with reminders from their friends to go vote. This kicked off the largest online rally in history, with more than 1.5M people participating and growing quickly. So far 4,500,000 status messages have been posted.
-We also launched an election day event to remind and motivate people to vote. In just two weeks more than 2.4 million people have RSVP’d that they’re coming.
-In the days leading up to Nov. 4, we were averaging about 200k wall posts per day related to the election. On election day, wall posts mentioning Obama surged to more than 1.1M and those mentioning McCain went to 280k. Users sent up 2M wall posts yesterday related to the election yesterday.