Google Politics & Elections gives a breakdown of the questions asked during last night’s Google+ hangout with President Barack Obama.
Obama “sat down” with five voters during the virtual interview, also fielding questions other participants could submit via Google or YouTube. More than 133,000 were submitted, according to the White House.
About 35 percent of questions regarded jobs and the economy, with government reform and foreign policy making up 24 and 20 percent of questions, respectively.
Hanging out with the president has never been easier.
President Barack Obama answered constituents’ questions during an hour-long Google+ hangout Monday evening, the latest extension of his administration’s social media push.
Five voters directly participated in the online chat, while others could join in on the virtual interview by asking questions via Google or YouTube. About 133,000 questions were submitted in total, according to the White House.
Throughout the virtual interview, topics ranged from the economy to unmanned drones to the effect of comedy sketches on the presidential election.
“Forward me his resume,” Obama said. “The word we’re getting is someone in that high-tech field should be able to find something right away. I want to follow up on that.”
Although the White House only created its official Google+ account on Jan. 20, it already boasts more than 75,000 followers.
Despite the 24-hour blackout of Wikipedia in protest of proposed internet protection legislation that could cripple the site, Wiki users can still access two pages: those describing the very legislation that is being protested.
SOPA and PIPA, the versions of internet protection bills in the House and Senate respectively, have led multiple websites to “blackout” content Wednesday in an effort to fight the legislation. In addition to larger sites like Wikipedia and Google blacking out content, other sites such as Wordpress and Flickr have given users the option of blacking out their personal content.
The Wikipedia blackout is scheduled to end at midnight, and has driven intense social media discussion throughout the day. If dedicated Wikipedia users begin to feel withdrawal, however, the website operators have left one option open: read about the legislation that could potentially be the downfall of the site.
Google just launched a new job search engine, the National Resource Directory, to help military veterans find jobs more easily.
Google worked closely with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create this custom search engine.
Other private sector companies, like Twitter, Simply Hired and LinkedIn, are also committed to helping veterans find jobs. Earlier today, President Barack Obama spoke about the importance of getting military veterans back to work, and announced the resource for veterans.
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A new social media product by the internet giant will emphasize privacy and small, individualized groups. More about the Google+ project in the full New York Times story.