This Tuesday night, the President of the United States will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress, and the nation.
Traditionalists might watch the address on broadcast television, and listen to network talking heads analyze every word.
Or, fans of digital and social interaction might chose to watch it online at the White House website where there will be an "enhanced version" of the speech featuring details and graphs. Immediately after the speech, the White House will live-stream a panel discussion featuring senior administration officials and a live audience taking questions from Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
President Obama is clearly our most social media savvy President ever, as he effectively demonstrated during his 2008 election campaign. He's broadly used www.whitehouse.gov, Twitter and Facebook during his first term, and now it appears he is gearing up for the 2012 election using even more social tools.
Following the State of the Union, the White House will engage in a week-long Twitter marathon involving Administration officials taking questions in a day-long, question-and-answer session, followed by a series of community-focused discussions with policy advisers and experts, with specific conversations on LGBT issues, the Latino community, veterans and seniors, among others. The week will end with Twitter Q&A's will be directed toward specific policy issues including health, education and jobs. People who want to participate can ask questions on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat, and administration officials will respond in real-time. There is also rumor of a "special online event with the president" to be announced soon.
Source: Huffington Post