Obama campaign opens tech field office in San Francisco

President Barack Obama speaks about the "Community College to Career Fund" and his 2013 budget at Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama speaks about the "Community College to Career Fund" and his 2013 budget at Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Charles Dharapak
(CBS) - The Obama campaign is opening a technology campaign office in San Francisco.

According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, the President's re-election campaign is hoping to rally support from the historically liberal region of Calif., as well as maintain technology "street cred."

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"We learned from 2008 that using the talents and skills of our supporters was a key to building the most effective organization," Katie Hogan , Obama campaign deputy press secretary, told the Chronicle. "We're taking the next step by providing tools and space for supporters in the technology community to help the campaign extend our current tools like BarackObama.com and our mobile applications."

There is currently one employee in the San Francisco office, the Chronicle reported. The Obama campaign is looking for volunteers to fill out the team.

Opening an office in San Francisco would give the Obama campaign access to some of the leaders in the tech industry. Twitter, Facebook and Google all have office in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Chronicle didn't specify what area the campaign selected for an office. But, a good bet would be San Francisco's South Park neighborhood, which is home to several dotcoms, like Twitter and Instagram.

Many credit the Obama team's tech-savvy strategies for building a strong grassroots movement via the Internet during the 2008 presidential campaign. Obama was often referred to as the first Internet President because of his large following on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The campaign has been busy adding new social media sites to the roster. In the last year, the Obama campaign joined Google+, Instagram and Spotify. The President also held the first-ever Google+ Hangouts, where he spoke directly to constituents via group video chat.

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