The “Paul Ryan VP” Facebook page for the former GOP vice presidential candidate will lose its “VP” designation and switch to just “Paul Ryan,” according to an automatic email sent from Facebook to a Red Alert Politics staff member.
Ryan’s VP page, created in August when the Wisconsin Republican was announced as Mitt Romney’s running mate, had 4,991,294 likes at the time of this article. The page name will switch over on March 7, according to the email.
The former vice presidential candidate already has two Facebook pages named “Paul Ryan,” but neither has as many likes as his 2012 election page. His old Congressional campaign page has only 89,000 likes and his U.S. Representative page has more than 322,000 likes.
With the 2012 campaign firmly behind the nation, it only makes sense that Ryan’s Facebook page would be changed. Yet in a political campaign atmosphere where social media has recently — and dramatically — gained massive clout, even the tiniest shift in a politician’s online presence can signal big things.
But one thing is for sure: If Ryan does decide to run in 2016, he just inherited a big gift — almost 5 million people strong — from 2012.