This morning the Michael Jackson fan page officially surpassed Barack Obama, to become the most popular page on Facebook. Over the past week, Michael Jackson’s page has grown from 80,000 fans to over 6.4 million, generating the largest response on a Facebook page ever. The page has continued to grow at a rate of around 20 fans per second and even quicker during peak traffic hours.
With the numerous memorials for Michael Jackson this week, one can only guess that the page will continue to grow at a rapid pace. Michael Jackson’s Facebook page has become a virtual memorial for the celebrity, and appears to be the single largest gathering of fans on the web. Despite a large volume of traffic from Google, the MySpace profile of Michael Jackson has only a fraction of the number of fans on Facebook.
The Facebook page for Michael Jackson will soon become one of the largest single followings for any public figure anywhere on the web. While Twitter has been receiving a large amount of buzz, the most popular user, Ashton Kutcher, has just over 2.6 million followers and there doesn’t appear to be any Michael Jackson account to keep fans up to date on the latest news.
The real question now is how large will Michael Jackson’s fan page become? If you haven’t become a fan of Michael Jackson on Facebook you can become a fan now.