Less than six months after President Barack Obama visited Facebook, the president will use another Silicon Valley social network, LinkedIn in Mountain View, Calif., to host an online discussion about jobs on Monday.
“During the town hall, the president will answer questions about job creation and the economy from members across the country and hear directly from LinkedIn users who range from small business owners and employees to community college students to veterans,” the White House announced in a posting Tuesday on LinkedIn. The president will speak from the Computer History Museum, near LinkedIn’s headquarters.
Other details about the presidential visit, including the time of the town hall, are not yet available. But LinkedIn users can currently post questions for the president from the White House LinkedIn page, and the president’s town hall event will be streamed live on LinkedIn, and from the White House website. The visit will be part of a three-day swing by Obama to the West Coast, including events in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego.
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, in a company blog post, said the town hall would be an “open exchange” about job creation, and about “the widening gap between talent and opportunity” in the United States. During the town hall, Weiner will be on stage with Obama.
“During the past several months, the national conversation has been increasingly focused on the state of the U.S. economy,” Weiner wrote. “This town hall is an invitation from the White House to people from across the country for an open exchange on one of our most pressing objectives as a nation: the creation of jobs and economic opportunity.”
Obama, who visited Facebook in April, has been a pioneer in using technology for his political platform.
The president chose a critical moment in his confrontation with congressional Republicans on the budget this spring to use the power of social media for his agenda, as he tried to tap into the predominantly young, 750 million-member network of Facebook at a town hall event where he fielded questions from voters side-by-side with Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg.
LinkedIn’s audience of about 120 million members is smaller, but its mission is also more focused on employment and jobs.
LinkedIn users can post questions for the president starting now from the White House LinkedIn page. Obama’s town hall event will be streamed live on LinkedIn, and from the White House website.
Source: MCT Information Services