Following a hot tip from the New York Times we were able to find Facebook’s newest member, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao (温家宝). Initially Shanghaiist was excited about the prospect of being friends with ‘Grandpa,’ but then we realized he had more friends (13,280 supporters as of now) than all of the contributors combined and more supporters than the Shanghaiist fan page. Just leave it to the older generations to make it uncool for everyone else.
The page contains a number of fan photos of Prime Minister being heroic, diplomatic, or just hanging out with his hao pengyou. The choice of profile pics probably doesn’t show him at his best though and we like the fan photos much better, particularly this one and this one. From our experience, though, it is only a matter of time before his friends put up an embarrassing picture of the Prime Minister in a baijiu induced frenzy and/or coma, thereby jeopardizing his chances with potential future employers.
So how soon before the other party members join the party? Scrabulous with President Hu, find out where in the world Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has been, or let Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng know how he’s doing by leaving a comment on his wall. Expect to know which Olympic Friendly (福娃) you most resemble and soon! The possibilities are really endless. In fact, we think we’re going to go ahead and add the Prime Minister after all, it’s a win-Wen situation.