The Web 2.0 President

Well, unless you have spent the last few months under a rock, you know that Barack Obama was inauguarated today as the 44th President of the United States.  (I’ll pause a moment so all of the Democrats reading this can give one final “WOOOOOoooo!”   Ready to go back to the blog now?  Okay.)   Obama the candidate utilized Web 2.0 in some interesting ways*, most notably I thought with the MyBarackObama social networking service on his website, and Obama the President (“WOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooo!”) is going to continue the trend.

The new White House website premiered today and it prominently features a blog.  The other cool thing about the new White House website?  Without getting too technical, there’s something called a robots.txt file that prevents search engines from indexing and archiving a website.  The new White House website has many, many fewer limits on search engines.

So, as a Web 2.0 enthusiast, I am going to be very interested to see what other Web 2.0 (and 3.0) services the Executive Branch utilizes.   And it won’t be just official acts, either.  The last I heard, President Obama (“WOOOoooo!”) is refusing to give up his Blackberry.  And the adorable Obama girls will be going through their a significant chunk of their teen years in the White House….awkward, ill-advised self-taken pictures appearing on the Internet are almost a matter of “if” not “when.”   He may not be using the bully pulpit function of the office, but through the actions of Obama and his administration, non-techie Americans are going to be introduced to Web 2.0.

*Some other examples of Web 2.0 utilization by Candidate Obama: YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter .


One Response

  1. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Obama is President? I wish somebody would have made a bigger deal of it.

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