Obama answers questions from YouTube with live discussion on Facebook

The White House blog was a veritable smorgasbord of social media on Monday afternoon when President Barack Obama conducted his first online YouTube question-and-answer session, while over on Facebook, a simultaneous conversation took place about his answers.

Obama was responding to a selection of over 11,000 questions submitted by users, some in videos and some via e-mail, which were chosen in a vote process during which more than 630,000 ballots were counted.

The most popular questions concerned issues of Internet neutrality (Obama is a big fan) and Sudan, about which the president tried to explain why “it’s so complicated.”

“This was terrific,” Obama said as the discussion wrapped up at 2:30 p.m. “I hope we can do this on a more regular basis.”