The Obama Campaign used text messaging to inform supporter of his Vice-Presidential choice. The campaign made use a number of Web 2.0 tools like Facebook. There is even an iPhone app for the campaign.
As much as President-Elect Obama has won the youth vote by the wide margin he did, the campaign made used of texting, e-mails, and the Internet to stay in touch with supporters and the general public, making it easier to connect with people. I don't know. I'm simply drawing from the voting data and how his campaign was run. But the public is very Internet savy as they go online to read news, conduct fact-checks, and simply on top of issues.
Now, that it is over, Obama promised to stay in touch with the American public through the same tools his campaign used in the last two years and whatever new technology or applications turn up during his Administration.
Mobile and other technologies will be instrumental in how President-Elect Obama continues his dialogue with the American public and the world at large during the transition period and after January 20 (Inauguration).
Whether you supported his campaign or not, Barack Obama is going to be our President and the leader of the free world. And if the use of technology will made the government feel closer and made the phrase "government for the people, by the people" more literal, I'm all for it.
I would love to see more use of video conferencing. I think John McCain's town hall meetings were very good. I hope it is used more by our public leaders and broasted. Even the weekly Presidential Radio Address can be broadcasted over the Internet.
I mean if CSPAN can do it, why not our government? What other technologies do you think the government can use to connect with the people?