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YouTube and Congress Reach Detente

Remember the hoop-dee-do-dah in 2008 about Congressional use of social media? As the 111th Congress debuts, YouTube has released two hubs, and where citizens can check out their Senators or Representatives.

Here’s hoping that sharp eyes keep a lookout for content that crosses the line from governing to electioneering. Remember: it’s not legal to campaign with government resources. And even though this resource is privately offered, it’s endorsed officially and should be used for governance only.

Mark my words: that restriction is going to be hard to enforce. See: FEMA Starts PR Campaign With New Channel on YouTube

youtube-kegill_s-youtube Don’t try to find the hubs using YouTube’s search feature. I think of myself as having good Google-Foo, but I came up dry. Thanks to Broadcasting&Cable for the links. Turns out the details are on the YouTube blog, which doesn’t have a top-level link on the YouTube home page. (Google – get a clue and fix the YouTube UI, would ya?)

And thumbs-down to the NYT, which reported the story with nary a link to the source or the hubs. See The War Cry Over Congressional Use of Social Media.

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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