Online Q&A: Egypt’s Presidential Hopeful ElBaradei Follows the Steps of AlQaeda’s Al-Zawahri & Obama
Nobel Peace Prize Winner ElBaradei and Former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency is taking another step in social media to engage more Egyptians in his bid to over take the presidential seat form the current Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
http://ask.elbarad3i.com/ a domain which redirects to Google Moderator site in Arabic allows people to post questions and vote on them. Elbaradi’s open questions section on Google Moderator seems to be another success for his online and social media campaign as it has 966 questions and 40,474 votes.
In December 2008, Google Moderator was used by US Barack Obama’s transition team in a public series called “Open for Questions”, in which they answered questions from the general public.
Some time in 2007 Ayman al-Zawahri, Al-Qaeda’s second in command, asked for questions to be submitted on one of the Arab forums and promised to answer them later via a video. His video was posted online on 100s of forums later.
Our sources close to ElBaradei, told us that he might answer the public questions also via a video but it is not a final decision.
Around 10 days ago ElBaradei become #1 Arab politician on facebook ahead of Queen Rania of Jordan facebook page, however the margin is now again in favor of the queen:201,729 fan for the Queen’s page and 210,042 fans for ElBaradei .
#Obama’s pic from US stat dep. website.