Obama launches iPhone recruiting, campaign tool

Obama launches iPhone recruiting, campaign tool

Ben Wilson

Our good friend Raven Zachary is directing the launch of an iPhone Application for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign

The most notable feature "organizes and prioritizes your contacts by key battleground states, making it easy to reach out and make an impact quickly," according to the software.

The application anonymously reports back the number of calls made this way: "Your privacy is important: no personal data or contacts will be uploaded or stored. Only the total number of calls you make is uploaded anonymously." The software is the latest effort by politicians to capitalize on technology, joining other examples such as ads distributed through YouTube, Web-based fund-raising, Facebook pages and fan groups, and e-mail recruitment drives. The Obama for America iPhone application is available for download through Apple's iTunes store, said Zachary.

A "get involved" feature uses the phone's GPS-based location sensing to find the nearest Obama campaign headquarters, and "local events" likewise pulls up a list of activities sorted by proximity.

A "media" section provides links to video and photos, but beware: YouTube showed errors following some of the links. Perhaps the newer videos hadn't been prepared for iPhone display yet.

[Originally posted by Stephen Shankland to our sister site, News.com]