Duffy or Carwyn Jones? Who Will Be Your Star Welsh Friend on Facebook? SOCIAL NETWORKING ONLINE MIGHT ALREADY SEEM THE NORM TO MANY OF US, BUT, AS GEORGE 'DUBYA' BUSH MAKES A FACEBOOK ENTRANCE, ALED BLAKE LOOKS AT WHICH PROMINENT WELSH FIGURES HAVE BEATEN HIM TOO IT

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Duffy or Carwyn Jones? Who Will Be Your Star Welsh Friend on Facebook? SOCIAL NETWORKING ONLINE MIGHT ALREADY SEEM THE NORM TO MANY OF US, BUT, AS GEORGE 'DUBYA' BUSH MAKES A FACEBOOK ENTRANCE, ALED BLAKE LOOKS AT WHICH PROMINENT WELSH FIGURES HAVE BEATEN HIM TOO IT


IT might have taken him four years to get on the social networking bandwagon, but George W Bush made the news this week by finally joining the millions on Facebook.

Bush, who polarised opinion in the US and is widely regarded as one of the most unpopular presidents outside of America of all time, has opened a page on the popular website and already has 112,625 fans.

The 43rd President of the United States is not the only political luminary to have a presence on Facebook.

Our very own Carwyn Jones has a profile, with 1,131 friends. The most powerful Labour Party politician in Wales is one of several Welsh politicians with a presence on Facebook.

Mr Jones, elected leader of the Welsh Labour at the end of last year, has a privacy setting on his page which does not allow users to look at his movements unless they are a friend. This reporter's friend request is awaiting confirmation, although Wales' First Minister hopefully has better things to do than go on Facebook to confirm friend requests from nosey journalists.

Comedian Rhod Gilbert, whose BBC Radio Wales Saturday-morning show has a cult following, is also on the site, although he has too many friends to allow any more requests.

His Facebook page gives fans the chance to interact with the Carmarthen-born star.

Among the other Welsh celebrities on Facebook, is Nefyn-born singer Duffy. She lists her "likes and interests" as a curry restaurant in Stevenage called the Taj Mahal Stevenage and Bigtrak - a 1980s toy.

Rugby star Shane Williams has 211 friends, a paltry number in famous people terms - but the Wales legend clearly wants to keep his social networking movements private, with privacy settings on full.

Katherine Jenkins, meanwhile, outperforms Williams with a whopping 11,547 Facebook fans on her official page where she posts her own photographs, video messages as well as her latest news. …

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