Obama posts AMA: Crashes Reddit

Obama posts AMA: Crashes Reddit

 

Nicholas Wedyke

Staff Writer

 

President Barack Obama posted an “Ask Me Anything” on the popular social news website Reddit, sparking a record breaking number of readers, whose traffic surge temporally locked out users from the site.

“Hi I’m Barack Obama, President of the United States,” posted the President, shortly after announcing the Reddit AMA on his official Twitter account.

In the course of half an hour, the President rifled through hundreds of questions, only to answer ten; all from a huge spectrum of topics.

Many young voters saw the President’s AMA as an endorsement of internet freedom. Reddit user “Sharkgirl” even asked; “…Is Internet Freedom an issue you’d push to add to the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform?”

The President replied, “We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody.”

President Obama

Internet freedom is a very touchy issue for younger voters; from the proposed anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA, to the recent “PRECISE Act” that claims to promote cyber security.

The President using the internet to campaign is more important than ever before. With the political game shifting to “new age” social networks and more quickly informed voters, the candidates are pulling out all the stops when it comes to “21st century campaigning.”

But, Obama is no stranger to the new way of campaigning; last year the President hosted both a Twitter and LinkedIn town hall, as well as visiting the Facebook headquarters in Silicon Valley where he answered Facebook users’ questions.

According to CBS News, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has already supplied an invitation for Obama’s opponent Mitt Romney to post an AMA of his own.

This begs the question; will Mitt Romney do an AMA?

With the youth vote slipping further from the governor’s grasp, it seems as though he has nothing to lose; and with Reddit, a pro internet freedom site, Romney’s opposition to both SOPA and PIPA would give him an in with the Reddit community.

Campaigning for Obama in the last election

Social media has become one of the biggest factors in a candidate’s campaign; and this will only gain more use in coming elections. With the internet letting the candidate’s speak quickly and directly to the voter, it’s only a matter of time before candidates use a majority of campaign revenue for this practice.

 

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