Obama Campaign Office In San Francisco: President Launches 'First Of Its Kind' Technology Hub
It's no secret that San Francisco hearts Obama.
The president breezed through town on Thursday for a series of fundraising events, including a sold-out concert featuring Chris Cornell at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium and a $38,500-a-plate dinner at a private home. Despite the inevitable gaggle of protesters, the city embraced its guy with open arms (and a swift pinch to the buttocks, if you're one particular woman in Chinatown).
And Obama hearts San Francisco back. So much, in fact, that he's making presidential campaign history here. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Team Obama opened a first-of-its-kind Technology Field Office here last week.
Instead of typical campaign field office activities, like door-to-door canvassing or phone banking, the technology hub will be focused on developing new online strategies, such as improvements to the official Obama website.
“We learned from 2008 that using the talents and skills of our supporters was a key to building the most effective organization,” said Obama campaign deputy press secretary Katie Hogan told the Chronicle. “We’re taking the next step by providing tools and space for supporters in the technology community to help the campaign extend our current tools like BarackObama.com and our mobile applications.”
Though the office only employs one paid staffer at the moment, the campaign is actively recruiting tech-savvy volunteers to work from the space.
No word yet on where the space itself is located, but CBS News suspects SoMa's South Park community, which is home to other local tech powerhouses, like Twitter and Instagram.
Obama is widely credited for his successful use of social media to rally his supporters during his 2008 campaign. And it looks like 2012 will be no different: in addition to San Francisco's technology field office, the president has already created an Instagram account and released his campaign playlist on Spotify.
Want to help out in the new campaign office? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.