Hillary Clinton is going for a social-media daily double, later today.
While technically she’s just plugging her new book, the former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State has made a series of public appearances recently in which she’s encouraged speculation that she will run for president in 2016. Later today, she’ll be fielding public questions in a pair of online chats, during back-to-back visits at the headquarters of Twitter and Facebook.
There’s a long tradition of politicians and other public figures visiting Silicon Valley tech companies, of course. Today, Clinton will be stopping first at Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, where Clinton says she’ll be taking questions submitted on the Facebook page for her new book, Hard Choices. The session starts at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
A few hours later, Clinton is scheduled to visit Twitter’s digs in San Francisco, where she will speak with employees in a session that Twitter VP Katie Stanton says will be “live-tweeted” at 5:20 p.m., with updates appearing on Clinton’s @HillaryClinton profile on Twitter. In a blog post, Stanton invited Twitter users to submit questions using the hashtag #AskHillary – which Stanton says she’ll do her best to ask.
Stanton, a former Yahoo and Google executive, also briefly worked for Clinton when she was a special advisor to the State Department. So we kinda suspect the questions will be friendly.
UPDATE: A tech trifecta? Clinton just tweeted that she’s also visiting Google today, though no word of any online forum there.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 21, 2014
(AP photo of Clinton at a recent book-signing in New Jersey)