Obama’s State of the Union includes Google and Facebook

A few days ago we told how President Obama’s State of the Union address would be streamed live online and also that the President would be appearing on YouTube live on Thursday (tomorrow), to answer questions.

We have also noted the growing use of social media in politics and yesterday in the State of the Union address, President Obama showed his awareness of this and spoke of American innovation saying that America was a nation of Google and Facebook. Vadim Lavrusik over on Mashable reports on this and notes that on a day that Google announced many more jobs becoming available there was maybe a link between Obama mentioning the word ‘jobs’ 25 times during the speech. This was a bid to give people hope of economic growth perhaps?

Part of the State of the Union address said this, “We are the nation that puts cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.” Seeing as the topics of technology and the economy are big buzzwords on Twitter and Facebook right now we should not be surprised that the President spoke of this. Mashable reports for example, that in a poll preceeding the address, when people were asked on the US Politics Facebook Page, what the most important subject of the address should be, the economy was the answer of 78% of respondents.

Zennie Abraham of Seattle PI tells how the State of the Union address was the main topic last night on social networks. On Twitter at one point the address took 7 of the top ten trending slots which seems to point at the effectiveness of the speech which many praised as a big success. What are your thoughts on the SOTU address and the President seemingly looking forward in this way? Why not send us your comments to let us know