Obama to hold Facebook Town Hall meeting with Mark Zuckerberg

President Obama announced via Facebook that he will be holding a Town Hall meeting with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The meeting will be held at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California and joined by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Larry Summers under President Clinton.

On April 20, at 1:45 PT/4:45 EST, participating Facebook users can ‘attend’ the live-stream meeting and watch Obama answer questions about innovation and the economy.

Beforehand, questions can be posted to the event page wall and Facebook will select the ones Obama will address during the meeting.

Unlike former presidents who announced their decisions to run for re-election from the White House, Obama kicked off his 2012 campaign through the new medium that’s forever changed politics, Facebook and Twitter.  While Bush and Clinton toured the country in buses, Obama reaches his grassroots supporters digitally, with the click of a button.

Political consultant Joe Trippi, who ran Howard Dean’s 2004 Presidential campaign, told The New York Times in 2008: “The tools changed between 2004 and 2008. Barack Obama won every single caucus state that matters, and he did it because of those tools, because he was able to move thousands of people to organize.”

Monday, Obama’s Twitter post with the hashtag #Obama2012 led to a video asking: “Are you in?”  So far, the Facebook “like” page says around 19 million are.  Obama’s Facebook page has also been “liked” by around the same number.

Throughout his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama used social media as a tool to spread his message and ignite a massive online presence.

In 2009, The White House joined Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace becoming part of the new medium as a clear and effective way to communicate with the American people.  Since then, Obama has continued to use Facebook, recently posting an exclusive video confronting cyber-bulling for the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention last month.

Today, an interactive banner appears on the top of Obama’s campaign website when Facebook users connect to their accounts showing which of their Facebook friends aren’t ‘In’ yet.  It allows them to post a message to their friends’ Facebook walls encouraging them to join the application.

So far, approximately 3,600 have RSVP’d “attending” to the April 20 Town Hall meeting.  However, as to be expected by anything that’s completely open to the masses, most of the questions posted on the event page’s wall do not pertain to economics and innovation.

  • arepeoplepayingattention2012

    Ummmm April 20? Really? (that says something with that date picked – talking about controversy). So it is scheduled for the middle of the day, so if you work, you’re out of luck (I use that loosely!) to participate, and if you are a student, are universities going to have this as their daily plan for students? And the rest that may attend are the unemployed???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johnny-Simpson/100000361396630 Johnny Simpson

    420 Lol! What a perfect day. And I’m with BigRmv. Equal time or pay a price.

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  • BigRmv

    Does this fall under the “equal time” rule that the Democrats use so very often? How many other candidates will the big Z have to meet with before the election?

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  • BJC49

    This is exactly why I shut down my Facebook account. I refuse to support the boy that made a fortune creating Facebook and now wants to get all socialist on us after he made his fortune through Capitalism. As far as I’m concerned Facebook is nothing more than a propaganda outlet much like the Lame Stream Media being used by the Instigator In Chief!!!

    • ZlawKram

      You shutdown your Facebook account because you think by having one you’re supporting socialism because the company’s founder is hosting a townhall meeting for the President? Facebook is the new medium, whether you like it or not. Did you destroy your televisions when they first came out because that’s what Kennedy used to get elected, the new medium. I’m certain that Mark Zuckerberg would be happy to host a Town Hall meeting at Facebook for the Republican nominee as well. You’re jumping to rash conclusions. Welcome to the digital age, this is how things are. Get with it or live in the stone age.

    • arepeoplepayingattention2012

      I read and reserach a LOT and I use FB and post every single thing I can find that shows the BS going on in this world, Administration, Government —with Congress – especially right now with the blame the Dems are trying to place on the GOP for not having a balanced budget – hmmm they were suppose to do that PRE-NOVEMBER 2010! Idiots. Use this medium. For the good! FB isn’t just about finding a date or using horoscopes, status shuffle, or posting drunken pics! FB isn’t going anywhere and who knows when we will get another equal platform that may be more unbiased – more CENTER!! I don’t let them use all my info. I limit a lot of stuff, and I’m sure we have spies among us, but if you aren’t going to get away from FB. The POUS wants to ‘regulate’ the internet – doubt he’ll do that w/ FB – and if FB becomes the site who limits free speech and hides sites, then I’ll be out. It is a double-edged sword.