Hanging with Mr. President, Google+ style.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2012 05:40 Written by LoganDX Monday, 30 January 2012 05:40
Isn’t technology grand? Google+, YouTube and the White House combined to deal a “Live” interview with Barack Obama. Taking selected, pre-taped questions for Obama and playing them into the Hangout, viewers get a chance to see a more personal type of interview from the President. Not content just with that, the powers that be put a select few people inside the Hangout to ask real time questions and even follow up on statements made by the President. Questions ranged from foreign aid to the economy to even controversial bills like SOPA and PIPA and the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer.
It’s nice to see how our tech connected world can put people closer to our elected leaders. Politics aside, being able to send a video to the President and have him answer it in front of millions of live and straggling viewers is pretty cool. The Hangout could have used some work, it had a few technical glitches, mostly of the sound kind. Watching people at least get it out there in this way makes my inner geek swell. If you happened to miss it, watch the White House G+ page for a the link to the full video. It should be up “shortly”.
What do the fellow geeks think? Is this a good step for the tech we hold so dear? Hit that break and pop off a comment or two!
Source: White House G+
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