Chris Hughes: Obama’s “Internet Man”


Twenty-five year old, Chris Hughes, who helped develop the sensation site, Facebook, was also the person Obarack Obama called his “Internet Man.”

During the campaign he worked on the general website, but his biggest contribution came in his networking site, or MyBO for short.  MyBO allowed supporters to organize meet-ups, form 35,000 groups, post 400,000 blogs, and raise $30 million with personal fund-raising pages.

Obama was not available to comment on this article, but the ever present campaign manager, David Plouffe, noted “We were very lucky that Chris gravitated to the campaign early.”  The importance of social networking took on new meaning after the campaign’s loss to Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.  Plouffe continues, “We were there to support the people, but that simply would not have been possible if we did not have a set of online tools that enabled us to do that.  It wan’t just a tactic.  Chris made that possible.”

Chris was the developer that made Facebook “work”.  His role there was described as “part anthopologist, part customer service rep, and part media spokesperson.

For more info read the article linked above.

iggy donnelly



Filed under Community Organizing, Elections, Obama, Primary Elections, The Internet

3 responses to “Chris Hughes: Obama’s “Internet Man”

  1. In the linked article, it indicates that Chris left North Carolina to attend a private boarding school as a straight Christian conservative lad, but left boarding school as not-so-Christian and gay. It must be something about going to private schools in Massachusetts…

  2. lilacluvr

    I am curious if Chris Hughes had any specific political party affiliation before working on the Obama campaign?

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot to think the Republicans could have had Chris Hughes on their side but they wouldn’t approve of his personal lifestyle?

    The big question for me now is – since the 2006 election of Obama hinged on the use of the Internet and the young people – do you think that trend will continue?

    If so, then Republicans may need to get off their old butts and start learning this new-fangled intervention – the Internet.

  3. “If so, then Republicans may need to get off their old butts and start learning this new-fangled intervention – the Internet.”

    This would be helpful to them, so let’s hope they don’t.

    I think Hughes was personally drawn to Obama and was pretty much apolitical, as I understand, before he met Obama.