[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/26/art.getty.obama.online.th.jpg caption=" The meeting - a new take on President Franklin Roosevelt's fireside chats - was streamed on the Internet from WhiteHouse.gov."] (CNN) - In an appeal to the tech-savvy public, the White House's Web site opened itself to questions for President Barack Obama's online town hall meeting Thursday.
The meeting - a new take on President Franklin Roosevelt's fireside chats - was streamed on the Internet from WhiteHouse.gov, another sign that Obama is reaching out to online followers as he tries to rally an anxious country in support of his solutions to the economic crisis.
By the time the call for questions closed at 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, 92,918 people had submitted 104,113 questions for the president. The questions spread across several categories, and more than 3.6 million rankings of the queries had been registered.
Obama had promised to answer some of the highest-ranked questions during the town hall meeting, which was held in the East Room of the White House.