Announced with almost zero notice, president Barack Obama is right now participating in Reddit's popular "Ask Me Anything" forum, which he joined at 4:30pm EST. The forums, which allow any and all registered Reddit users to ask questions of the participant, have attracted some big-time celebrities and personalities of note, including Paul Krugman, Larry King, and Congressman Darrell Issa. Adweek speculated back in May that Romney or Obama might use the forum to answer candid questions from the younger and passionate Reddit crowd, but many expressed reservations as there is no real way to vet the questions that may appear on site.
Naturally, President Obama announced the event via a personally signed tweet. Within 20 minutes it has been retweeted over 2,000 times.
The AMA is a huge get for Reddit, which has enjoyed a banner month, announcing huge growth in traffic referrals, pageviews, and even a nationwide bus tour. Reddit also chimed in and welcomed the president to the Reddit community with a tweet.