Hillary and Rudy didn't even beat him. Ron Paul beat all presidential candidates in terms of the number of times his name was searched for in the year 2007 on Google.
This year's list, released today, details some surprising results. Quick, name the most popular presidential candidate based on who users were searching for: Hillary Clinton? Rudy Guiliani? Nope. The outspoken, quirky Ron Paul beat out all other candidates.Interesting that if you want to find something out about a very popular candidate--Ron Paul--the best place to find it is outside the mainstream media.
Mayer tells me, in our exclusive interview, that, "Ron Paul had a huge up-swell in terms of online interest. He had the largest fundraising day online ever. I think people are wondering who he is and what he stands for and it gives them interest in searching for him." Of course, his results are probably helped by the fact that conventional media tends to dwell only on the front-runners, spurring voters to search for information on their own. And that's where Google comes in.
In case you're wondering if the Ron Paul robots are spamming the search engines, think again. Marissa Meyer, Google's vice president of search and user experience was a guest on The Right Balance with Greg Allen this morning. Greg asked her about search spam to increase the popularity of certain search terms. Marissa replied that Google has very sophisticated algorithms in place to assure that such spam does not find its way into the search statistics.
This Ron Paul guy--he's becoming quite a phenomenon. What do you know about him? Click here to find out more.
Can Ron Paul win the presidency? Does he have the popularity? To both questions, the answer is: absolutely!