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What will Tory technophobes make of Facebook?

David Cameron, as we know, is down with the kids, and during his speech at the Conservative Party conference yesterday he attempted to convince the adoring Tory crowd that they should be too.

"We live in an extraordinary world of change and freedom," said Cameron. "The internet is transforming people's lives. The website MySpace has got 130m members. If it was a country, it would be the tenth biggest country in the world. Facebook, the social networking site, has 30m members."

But what would the technophobes among the Tory faithful make of the newfangled 'Web 2.0' movement should Cameron's speech inspire them to sign up to Facebook this morning? Is membership of Facebook the ultimate tool to 'connect' with the electorate and find like-minded conservatives who are willing to join them in backing Cameron as the next PM? Not if a search of Facebook groups this morning is anything to go by.

Because although there are groups dedicated to supporting Cameron – the Tory leader mentioned one called 'David Cameron is a hottie' yesterday – the internet's ability to 'give everyone a voice' has also inspired countless anti-Cameron groups.

Of the first 50 groups dedicated to Cameron on Facebook this morning, 45 were disapproving to say the least. For instance, you can join 'The get behind David Cameron and make a funny face group', or perhaps the 'If David Cameron shows up at Glastonbury we will sacrifice him' group. The most popular group - 'Stop David Cameron... his lies make baby Jesus cry' - has 1,304 members.

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