Is President Obama the Social Media President? From his campaign’s use of technology and social media to win the 2008 election, to his continued use of technology to try to win again in November 2012, he is certainly a social media master.
President Obama has participated in a Twitter town hall meeting, a Facebook town-hall meeting, and a LinkedIn town hall meeting. Yesterday he took part in Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) thread for half an hour at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. AMA is a regular Reddit feature which allows people to answer questions posed by the site’s community members, but Obama was the most prominent individual to ever do so. According to the Washington Post, Reddit drew 3.8 million page views on the first page of the Obama thread and over 2.6 million unique page views on the first page.
Is you’re interested in seeing the comments and questions he was asked look here and have a look at his responses here. He spoke about the economy, Internet freedom, American forces in Afghanistan, Politican Action Committees and super-PACs, space exploration, sports, and trying to balance his personal and work life
His parting comment was:
I want to thank everybody at reddit for participating – this is an example of how technology and the internet can empower the sorts of conversations that strengthen our democracy over the long run.