I’ll admit it, I was a bad American Tuesday night. I was far too busy with my homework to bother watching President Barack Obama talk about the economy, as I’m sure a lot of other people had their own reasons for not watching the President speak. There’s no way I’ll miss him speak on Thursday, though.
Most of us are familiar with how Obama used technology and the Internet to help him win the job as President. He also promised to use the Internet as a means of talking to the American people, which he is making good on now. American citizens can sign up on the new Open For Questions section of whitehouse.gov, ask questions and vote on the questions they want to see answered. President Obama will be answering the most popular questions live online on Thursday.
The idea sounds interesting, and as of this writing there’s about 8,000 people registered, which will hopefully increase soon enough. It seems like a great way for the people to connect to the government as they connect with others through the Internet. Rather than relying solely on the traditional press to ask the questions they want, people can vote on the questions they actually want the President to answer. It also will serve as a great way for Obama, and anyone else to see just what’s the mind of those who are using the service. Just because he’ll be answering the most popular questions, doesn’t mean Obama or any other politician can’t read as many of the questions as they want to see what questions people are really asking.
Thursday’s session will be focused on the economy as a lot of things are recently. If it proves successful it may result in more sessions on other topics, which would truly bring about greater communication with the government through the tools available.
One fun fact after reading the Terms of Service on Open For Questions: questions and voting are both hosted by Google, though all of the information belongs to whitehouse.gov. So there’s no coincidence that the layout reminds me a bit of Google Reader and GMail.