New Tech: The Robo-Dialer Town Hall
In Colorado, GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Holtzman is experimenting with a new technology. What is it? Well, basically a town-hall meeting done over the phone. They call thousands of people with a robo-dialer, and if a human picks up, they're invited to join the live town hall meeting.
From Colorado Pols:
The way it works is with a robo-dialer on crack and a computer screen. From one telephone, Holtzman talks to "guests" as the program dials 600 numbers a second. If the dialer gets an answering machine, it goes to a pre-recorded message in which Holtzman says that he was calling to invite you into a "Town Hall Meeting." If you pick up the phone, you are asked to dial '1' to enter into the "town hall" forum. At that point, you can just sit and isten to the Q&A underway, or if you choose, you can ask a question of Holtzman yourself. ...
Hat tip to Walter in Denver for sharing this with us.
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