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Obama Campaign Unveils Social Media Effort To Attract Young Voters

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, September 21, 2012. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, September 21, 2012. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

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By Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Obama campaign has unveiled a new social media effort that not only solicits your votes, but also your photos.

In an effort to motivate the approximately 15-million new young voters, President Obama unveiled “For All” via social media.

“We want to make sure that we get the word out in a way that young people are connecting,” says National Deputy Director of Operation Vote Michael Blake. “And a lot of people are not sitting behind their computer nowadays, a lot of people are not sitting in front of a TV, but they may be holding on the that iPhone or that Blackberry or that Android and so let’s put it out in a way that people connect to us.”

So how does it work?

“First, write on your hand what four years of progress means to you,” Blake says. “Second, we encourage people to place their hand over their heart and take a quick smartphone picture, and third, post it on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag FORALL so that more people can understand how President Obama is standing up for them.”

The Mitt Romney Instagram page shows 36,000 followers, versus 1.4 million for President Obama.

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