The White House announced today that President Obama will be hosting the first “official Presidential Google Hangout” today at 5:30 Eastern. Using a combination of the White House’s YouTube channel to take in questions and Google Hangout for a live conversation with selected participants, this event will mark a digital first for those have served from the White House.

If you are looking to get involved or simply want to tune in check out the details, via Google Politicshere.

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Profile Photo Chris Poirier

@Corey Honestly, looks like things will be limited on the actual hangout. They did the same thing for State of the Union. The hangout it’s self appeared to be “invite only”, google hangout does have a limit, but they recorded the entire event to my understanding. Will be interesting to see how it all works out in the end.

Profile Photo Corey McCarren

Ah that makes it a little bit less exciting then, but still cool regardless. I haven’t used Google+ as much as I’d like to because it hasn’t been adopted very widely, but I like the platform and simplicity a lot.

Profile Photo Chris Poirier

@Andrew, yeah that is the basic problem, limitations of the tool they are using. It begs the question of if you should use the tool at all. Yes, using the new shiny toy is awesome, but if it doesn’t meet the goal then why use it at all? You already have YouTube and whitehouse.gov to push content, why force it into another model when the model wasn’t designed for that purpose? Record the event, like they plan to any way, and post via all their normal distribution points. The only thing different is now it has a Google logo on it 😉

Don’t get me wrong, I like they are reaching out and trying different things, but its the age old problem of forcing your ideas into a model that was never designed for that purpose.

…just saying: http://christopherpoirier.com/2011/12/01/taking-the-2-0-out-of-technology/

Profile Photo Terrence Hill

I voted on questions early on on the White House YouTube Channel (below), but now that 228,008 people have submitted 133,216 questions and cast 1,630,646 votes, I’m overwhelmed! However, I’ll be tuning into the discussion tonight on the White House YouTube channel or White House Live. I’m proud of the President for demonstrating his innovation and creativity in reaching out to the public. His office is a great example for us all!


Profile Photo Dan Israel

Just to clear up any confusion about hangouts work. Anyone who is interested (no limit on # of people) will be able to watch the hangout on the White House Google+ page:


The number of people who will actually be on screen & visible in the hangout is limited. Currently, you can’t have more than 10 people in a hangout at once.

Hope that helps. Let me know if there are more questions about hangouts.

Profile Photo Terrence Hill

Watching the Hangout session now. Lots of thought-provoking questions and dialogue. I hope everyone had a chance to participate, at least as a passive observer. Masterful use of the new technology – Google+ and YouTube. Powerful media. I hope that all agency heads follow suit. This is much better than the traditional “town hall” meeting, which is not a dialogue, but a lecture.

Profile Photo Steve Ressler

What did people like/dislike about format?

What was the setup in terms of taking/asking questions (I was on the road and missed it)? Was there a moderator person who took the questions and asked Obama? Were they both on screen?