Tool Tip: Google Moderator

moderator1Google Moderator is a simple tool that helps groups determine which questions should be asked at face-to-face meetings, conferences, Q&A sessions, etc.

Moderator gives participants a way to submit questions and vote for the ones they want answered. And thanks to the scale that App Engine provides, this application can now support tens of thousands of people at once. This gives everyone the chance to be heard in a way that gives priority to the issues that matter most to the broader group.

The White House used Moderator, to determine which questions for President Obama to answer at an online Town Hall meeting in March 2009, with mixed results. While a lot of great topics rose to the top, interest groups like the Legalize Marijuana lobby hi-jacked the conversation. 

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