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Microsoft Wades Into Politics With ‘Town Hall’ Social Networking Tech

by Administrator April 21st, 2010

By Todd Bishop

Social networking and online transparency are big right now in politics and government, and Microsoft today threw its hat into the ring with a new social media platform called “TownHall” that political campaigns and government officials can use to run interactive online sites for use by their constituents.

Microsoft announced the platform today at the Politics Online Conference as part of a broader system called “Campaign Ready.”

Check out some sample TownHall screenshots here. (They have a bit of an Obama White House feel to them, don’t they?)

“TownHall offers an engagement platform that helps governments, candidates, advocates and consumers build online communities to drive richer communication around ideas, campaigns, projects or events,” the company explained in a blog post. “Individuals can pose questions, raise concerns and share ideas with other community members, and vote on positions with which they agree or disagree. Community members can publish their own participation to their social networks, and in the process draw more people into the discussion.”

The code can be downloaded for free, but it runs on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform, with standard chargesdepending on the amount of usage.

Microsoft says an early version of the TownHall technology was used to run NASA’s “Be a Martian” site.

(Via Mashable)

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