State of the Union Streamed Live To Millions

January 27, 2010

11:59 pm

White House Live

To cap off an action packed day started by a non-related but tech focused presentation by the leader of the Apple Nation, the State of the Union address by President Barack Obama was one for the technology & social media history books. The address was the first ever to be streamed live on mobile devices via the new White House iPhone application as well as on the WhiteHouse.gov/live website.

According to sources moderating the the WhiteHouse.gov/live stream the event drew at least 1 million viewers (this was confirmed by TECH cocktail contributor Shashi Bellamkonda). Of course, you could have caught the address on television instead but it is great to see the government embracing technology and social media. You might have seen @BarackObama also posted his final thoughts from the address on Twitter – a powerful tweet about his determination.

“We don’t quit. I don’t quit. Let’s seize this moment—to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more.”

We are happy to see such an embrace of all the various social media tools. Did you watch the address online? If so, what do you think about the embrace of social media and technology?

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

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