Well, if this were a political blog, I’d get all snarky about the State of the Union and my opinion of what Obama and the Dems have (not) accomplished over the past year… However, it’s a blog about social media – and when the President uses it to interact with the country, that is at least important for the industry. I have seen this article a few places, but most recently on mashable:
It’s wonderful to see that today social media plays such an important part in the way we receive news. But perhaps even more important is the followup to Obama’s speech, as viewers will be able to submit questions (and vote on other users’ questions) over at youtube.com/CitizenTube. Next week Obama will answer some of those questions in a special online event delivered live from the White House. From the YouTube blog:
“This year’s State of the Union speech will also make history. It will be the first time that citizens will have the opportunity to ask follow-up questions during the speech — and to hear the president’s response to those questions.”
I really hope substantive questions are asked and answered via YouTube. It is my belief that social media can be a real democratizing force, and hopefully it can be used to more fully educate the electorate. Since I believe also that social media creates a dialog b/w the brand/company/personality and the constituents, I think this example shows how to engage and further the relationship b/w those parties. So by all means, participate. I will.