Obama makes quick move to update WhiteHouse.gov
New administration unveils new, more interactive presidential website
Computerworld - Inauguration day historically is known as being all about a peaceful passage of power. But a change of administration wasn't the only change happening as President Barack Obama took the oath of office.
At noon EST today, the president's official Web site appeared online with a new design, one that focused not just on the new administration but on new media. For example, it has a feature called The Briefing Room where users can go to read the latest White House blog posts and even sign up for e-mail news updates.
In a blog post, Macon Phillips, director of new media for the White House, said that nonemergency legislation will be posted on the site for five days, giving citizens a chance to review and comment on it.
"Especially with their campaign, they've shown how savvy they are with these tools," said Caroline Dangson, an analyst at IDC. "[Obama] used these tools to connect with people and gave them hope that they [would] have a say in government. Obama has surrounded himself with people who are technically savvy. His thinking is to empower Americans and make them feel part of a social change -- and social media is a part of that."
During his campaign for president, Obama seemingly showed other politicians what it means to harness the power of the Web. The then-senator went beyond the somewhat static Web pages of most past campaigns and tapped the power of Web 2.0 tools, including Facebook, YouTube, blogs and discussion boards, to create a conversation with potential voters.
"Clearly, Obama's advisers understood how to use the Internet," he said. "I think it is almost a mandate for him to continue that. I think people would be disappointed if he didn't do that. I don't know if they need to be cutting edge, but using tested technology is going to be important."
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