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let me be the first to say: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815007)

ORLY?

Re:let me be the first to say: (-1, Offtopic)

ushdfgakj (1218112) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815057)

Yeah. Really.

oh (-1, Offtopic)

ushdfgakj (1218112) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815029)

CIA WORLD FACEBOOK! Give all your friends at the NSA your RSA keys! We aren't going to hit you with this baseball bat! CIA WORLD FACEBOOK!

Re:oh (0, Troll)

ushdfgakj (1218112) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816225)

Mod parent up, for being modded down by an asshat with no capability for abstract thought.

Re:oh (0, Flamebait)

ushdfgakj (1218112) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816353)

Mod parent up, for being modded down by an asshat who uses the word "troll" to mean "person I disagree with."

Re:oh (2, Insightful)

pwfffff (1517213) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816477)

Yeah, keep replying to yourself. It's helping.

Re:oh (2, Funny)

FireFlie (850716) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816867)

Mod parent up, for replying to an asshat who replies to his replies of his posts.

Re:oh (0, Troll)

ushdfgakj (1218112) | more than 5 years ago | (#27817263)

Mod parent down, for having a stupid username, and being ugly.

Facebook (4, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815059)

My wife and her High School friends use Facebook to stay in touch. Which seems to primarily revolve around sending drinks to each other. Transparency and reachability are certainly good, but, it does make you wonder how many people are going to send "buttery nipples" to the White House, and if that is actually a good thing or not.

Re:Facebook (1)

MoldySpore (1280634) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815255)

Yeah, I'm not really sure what this is going to accomplish. Besides, I already make enough of a spectacle of myself to the government. Why the heck would I want to point out all my social networking names to them?

Also, this could wind up being the cause of World War III depending on who Obama puts in his Top 8. Wars have been waged over less.

Re:Facebook (5, Interesting)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816447)

I wonder if through ANY of this, Obama is going to keep one of his election stump promises, to publish every bill he's going to sign, in its entirety at least 5 days before he signs it?

Re:Facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27817163)

Why is it easier to break a promise than keep one?

You only need to break a promise once. [politifact.com]

Re:Facebook (2, Interesting)

emag (4640) | more than 5 years ago | (#27817311)

I wonder if through ANY of this, Obama is going to keep one of his election stump promises, to publish every bill he's going to sign, in its entirety at least 5 days before he signs it?

Already broken, according to PolitiFact.com [politifact.com] . And boy did they get a lot of mail about that and several other ratings, from both sides, which says to me they probably are one of the more impartial reporting sites out there if they're pissing off everyone...

More to the point, I wonder if/when the webfilter @ the site I work at will start allowing Facebook, since it's blocked "as a security threat or inappropriate for government use". I can see the justification now: "But, see, the GSA has signed a deal, and the White House even has a Facebook (and Myspace) page. Surely the GSA and the White House know what's appropriate for government use..."

Re:Accomplish (0, Troll)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816839)

NewsSnips can potentially revolutionize govt.

Normally Govt is "closed door/access only".

But it would be funny if they didn't lock it down to start.

"Republicans Filibustering."

"Republicans Still Filibustering."

Re:Facebook (4, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815345)

He is just doing it to meet young girls... I mean he is bringing the Clinton years back. ;)

Re:Facebook (1, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815517)

Your wife is more than welcome to send her buttery nipples my way.

Re:Facebook (1)

mwc223 (1542301) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815679)

How does the White House plan on using Twitter? Are our government's decisions going to be revealed on the internet as statuses every hour? I'm all for tech movements in the White House, but this seems s little ridiculous

Re:Facebook (2, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816003)

@POTUS "Tossing the football around the Oval Office"

@CHINA "Oh $&&#*"

@RUSSIA RT @CHINA "Oh $&&#*"

Re:Facebook (2, Funny)

Alinabi (464689) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816105)

it does make you wonder how many people are going to send "buttery nipples" to the White House

Let's hope they don't get too many Australian friends then, as that drink has far less palatable name [wikipedia.org] down under

Re:Facebook (1)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816199)

That would certainly explain why the previous administration avoided it.

Re:Facebook (1)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816649)

None, as it turns out -- the White House on Facebook doesn't have any friends.

"My Fellow Americans"... (1)

FooAtWFU (699187) | more than 5 years ago | (#27817211)


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(for srsly, that was on the facebook one)

Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (5, Funny)

alta (1263) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815061)

Just like /. I want to make obama my enemy. Mod him troll/off topic/flamebait.

Guess I should prep myself for the poor mods ;) I think my excellent karma can take it though

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (2, Informative)

kimvette (919543) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815185)

You know, I am SO sick of Obama kissing everyone's ass and working hard to be popular rather than fixing problems. You might say he's fixing the economy, but he's repeating mistakes which resulted in the great depression so many decades ago. How is racking up $11 TRILLION in debt in 100 days going to help the economy in the long terms? The banks which were the cause of the credit crunch are in need of MORE money and have blown the money they were given on toys and bonuses rather than making credit available, and the bills were written such that they do not have to be held accountable for how the money is spent. Insurance companies were given hundreds of billions TWICE and are in need of more money again. How does this help increase the manufacturing base? How do these bailouts help to increase the actual creation of wealth? The truth is it's going to result in massive tax increases which will go toward paying many times the original outlay for decades to come - it is unlikely the national debt will ever be repaid.

Obama work on fixing the problem: part of the solution includes import tariffs, and the other component is tax cuts across the board and less government spending - especially spending on pork.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815887)

...it is unlikely the national debt will ever be repaid.

Yeah, it IS very unlikely, if by that you mean impossible by design [youtube.com] .

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (5, Informative)

bdenton42 (1313735) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816593)

How is racking up $11 TRILLION in debt in 100 days going to help the economy in the long terms?

Obama has contributed $500 billion to the national debt so far. The total national debt stands at $11.2 trillion, of which Bush II contributed nearly half (45%).

But if Obama continues spending at the current pace he could pass Bush II around the end of his third year.

Sick and tired of conservatives rewriting history (2, Insightful)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816833)

By repeating the mistakes, do you mean 'doing nothing and letting the free market sort it out,' which is what Hoover did? Or do you mean, 'Enacting mildly socialist, temporary policies that begin to fix things immediately,' like FDR did?

FDR fixed the Great Depression with socialism, much as conservatives hate to admit it and try to rewrite history, the facts speak for themselves. Just look at economic data from the time. When Hoover did nothing, things got worse. When FDR started enacting his policies, things started to get better. When the Republicans made him scale back his policies, things got worse until he started them back up again.

FDR's socialist policies fixed the depression (4, Informative)

spun (1352) | more than 5 years ago | (#27817193)

Modding me down won't change the facts. Look at the economic data from the time. This is why everyone loved FDR. This is why he was elected for FOUR TERMS. He fixed things with socialism, where Hoover had left things up to the free market and made them worse.

You may hate the truth, but the truth doesn't care.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (1)

mattwarden (699984) | more than 5 years ago | (#27817355)

> The truth is it's going to result in massive tax increases which will go
> toward paying many times the original outlay for decades to come

No it won't. Tax hikes are politically difficult. Inflation is easy, because no one give enough of a fsck to understand that it's the same damn thing (except that it punishes savers and rewards people in debt and makes economic crises like the current one more likely).

Please consider supporting HR 1207, in the name of transparency. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1207 [govtrack.us]

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (1, Offtopic)

cain (14472) | more than 5 years ago | (#27817435)

Does anyone have a good list of tech sites that actually discusses tech issues? Most /. stories these days seem to devolve into partisan crap like this - people talking out their ass about things they don't understand. I'd filter the stories, but it doens't seem to matter. This story is under "Technology", posted by CmdrTaco for christ's sake.

There's gotta be something out there better than this. Do people still use usenet? Have all the trolls left there? Please advise.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (4, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815225)

Just like /. I want to make obama my enemy. Mod him troll/off topic/flamebait.

Guess I should prep myself for the poor mods ;) I think my excellent karma can take it though

There are easier ways to get yourself put on an FBI watch list. Why not try the tried and true method of sending him a death threat through the mail? You'll be on his enemies list in no time flat.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815271)

Oh, he does not need to do that on twitter, facebook, or myspace. He can simply send it in an email, do it on /., or even in an IM.

oblig xkcd (1)

iamhigh (1252742) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816855)

I think this way sounds much more fun... http://xkcd.com/576/ [xkcd.com]

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (0, Flamebait)

ndogg (158021) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815435)

My problem is he's playing too much of a moderate. He's not pissing off everyone enough. Of course, Bush did exactly that--pissing off everyone--and I will continue to spite him.

Hmm, it's probably a good thing I'm not president.

It's not that I necessarily agree or disagree with your sentiment, but there really needs to be a "+1 Yet I disagree."

It would make modding so much more fun and interesting.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816503)

"My problem is he's playing too much of a moderate."

Well, so far, he doesn't have to show his true colors. He has Pelosi out there able to push the very liberal agenda, even the stuff that is unpleasing to many, many Americans (many who voted them in even).

That way, he can get the stuff through, but, not take the heat for the legislation. Pretty smart actually. He gets to stay above the fray, while that 'nasty' congress goes a little too far partisan.....all the while he still quietly signs the bills into law.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815521)

Guess I should prep myself for the poor mods ;) I think my excellent karma can take it though

Around here, just saying that pretty much guarantees you will be modded up to +5.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815591)

Guess I should prep myself for the poor mods ;)

Looks like you're at "5, Interesting" to me. If someone had made the exact same post with "Bush" instead of "Obama" they would have been modded down to -1, Troll. Good old slashdot echo chamber. :)

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815687)

Exactly. And there would be a lot of posts complaining about how Slashdot is filled with "Bush-Haters," ignoring the fact that that anti-Bush post was modded down to -1, and their posts were modded way up.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815921)

Ha-ha modded troll! Owned nub

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815659)

Is anyone else getting tired of comments like these that don't really bring anything into the conversation, aside from the smug prediction that they will be modded down since they are so oppressed. Everyone knows that the easiest way to get modded up on /. to play the role of the victim. We don't need your sob story. Make your point and move on.

Re:Is it possible to have enemys on facebook? (1)

Tanktalus (794810) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816127)

(Sounds like AC is playing the role of a victim ... where's my "-1, Alanis Ironic" mod?)

"White House 2.0?" (5, Funny)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815091)

We're just over 100 days in, people. How about "White House 2.0 RC1?" I don't think we're ready to go gold just yet.

Re:"White House 2.0?" (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815167)

Michelle ordered a hamburger minus tomatoes. Who even likes those?

Biden is being a douche.

Alright, democracy time.

Okay, democracy is coming out...

Re:"White House 2.0?" (2, Funny)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815307)

RC1 was Hillary Clinton but there was some negative feedback from users during testing.

Well. (1)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815095)

It's good to see them finally getting with the times and joining Mybook and Facespace, i mean it's what all the young dudes are doing.

Re:Well. (1, Troll)

InsaneProcessor (869563) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816047)

This just shows the the socialists are courting the lowest level of intelligence and wisdom. If they can dumb everyone down enough, they will take and keep control of our lives.

breaking news: (3, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815105)

9:33 AM: gotta drop the kids off at the pool
9:53 AM: shit, no tp

Yeah, and my mom has an iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815149)

These things just aren't cool anymore... not that they were cool to begin with, actually.

Il say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815355)

She keeps sending photos of herself to me. Not a MILF in that one.

Hopefully.... (2, Insightful)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815205)

that does not mean that Obama or anybody with a secured systems (such as the football carrier) is hooking to these.

Re:Hopefully.... (4, Insightful)

StreetStealth (980200) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815583)

Only in Hollywood.

I don't think the Commander in Chief or anyone in his cabinet will touch these once over the next four years.

This is almost certainly handled by the Office of the White House Press Secretary, and I would imagine there are several staffers who will do the actual writing before passing it by the Secretary himself for approval.

The Press Secretary is probably the only cabinet member who will even have this on his mind.

Re:Hopefully.... (1)

yascha (1526775) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816975)

From the Office of the White House Press Secretary:
"lol @ the republicans tryin 2 diss my stimulus bill"

I've been watching this for a while (4, Insightful)

mc1138 (718275) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815211)

The Obama administration is just leveraging all the tools they have available. More people can be reached via the web than anywhere else. I guess the only reason this is really news is that its an outbreak of common sense for a government agency to use these tools. I'm hoping it will allow for more transparency, but then again its just as easy to lie and fudge numbers online as it is through traditional media outlets.

Re:I've been watching this for a while (5, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815285)

It may be partially about transparency in government, but it's much more about the perpetual campaign season. These days, politicians are always campaigning. The new mantra is it's never too early to start campaigning for the next race.

The Obama administration will use these tools to release a constant stream of positive spin. In the old days, Presidents had to rely on weekly radio addresses that no one listened to, daily press briefings that no one listened to, and press conferences that either happened too infrequently to sustain a message or so frequently that people got sick of them.

Now, with these services, the administration has the opportunity to campaign continuously in a low-key and less intrusive way that will, they hope, be more effective. Time will tell how well it works.

Re:I've been watching this for a while (3, Insightful)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815443)

It may be partially about transparency in government, but it's much more about the perpetual campaign season. These days, politicians are always campaigning. The new mantra is it's never too early to start campaigning for the next race.

Are you new? The first job of every elected politician has always been reelection.

Re:I've been watching this for a while (5, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815831)

Sure, but the active campaigning was usually reserved for the campaign season, meaning the several months before an election. The rest of the time was spent governing, albeit doing so in a way that would play well with the electorate come campaign time.

Now, it's all about "managing the message" and staying in campaign mode all the time. It's not about doing things that will "play well in Peoria", it's about constantly reinforcing the message that whatever it is you're doing is good for the people. It's the difference between doing the people's work and making sure the people think whatever it is you're doing is the people's work.

Re:I've been watching this for a while (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#27817203)

The only difference really is that we live in a more cynical age in which we know damned well how we're being screwed, but don't care enough to do anything about it. The internet and other forms of communication have enabled us to share information much more efficiently, and so we really are more informed on average. But as long as we have our bread and circuses, we will keep stamping out license plates... or some other mixed metaphor. Let them eat individually-sized cakes injected with whipped, sugared lard!

Re:I've been watching this for a while (1)

geobeck (924637) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815661)

In the old days, Presidents had to rely on weekly radio addresses that no one listened to, daily press briefings that no one listened to...

Now, with these services, the administration has the opportunity to campaign continuously in a low-key and less intrusive way that no one will listen to.

There; fixed that for ya. ;)

Campaigning vs Propaganda (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815851)

The new mantra is it's never too early to start campaigning for the next race.

Absolutely. Obama wasn't campaigning very much in the first month of his presidency, and look what happened. His foes used the opportunity to furiously campaign against him, making headlines out of issues that nobody cared about during the Bush years. I don't blame Obama at all for wanting to fight against that.

Facebook and company aren't the best platforms for free speech (MySpace is owned by Rupert Murdoch, so it's enemy territory in a way) but neither are they ideally suited for propaganda. If Obama really wanted to control the message by force he would just take a page from Bush and bribe "experts" to say what he wants them to say. That's what we really need to be watching for; this social networking stuff is just a distraction.

Re:I've been watching this for a while (3, Interesting)

emocomputerjock (1099941) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815353)

I agree in principle, but the fact of the matter is that the sites they're choosing to use to spread that information have some of the most godawful security records. If we're relying on Obama's tweets for information, it's going to suck when some staffer gets hit with a worm while checking out some hot chick's profile and the next thing the rest of the world sees is something akin to Russia being outlawed.

Yes, but (1, Flamebait)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815399)

are they taking information and ideas from us? That is, in terms of CITIZENS and not in terms of BUSINESS LOBBYISTS? We suffered through that for 8 long years (actually, more like 30). The WH and Congress NEED to change and start taking ideas that are good for the nation into consideration. None of this "let's give haliburton a contract with no oversight" kind of crap. Heck, I was just reading about a retired officer who figured out that he had been being given an extra .02 / paycheck, and the feds are going to ignore changing the system.

Re:I've been watching this for a while (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27816267)

So how long until he simply open sources the whole government [metagovernment.org] and steps down as the solitary ruler?

Everyone is doing it....or else? (5, Interesting)

Bob_Who (926234) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815253)

I understand that these three social networking applications are popular, but I am already burning out on this trend. I was an early adopter but find myself just wanting to take a step back from the herding masses and regroup. I wonder if these proprietary web applications are really worthy of such Presidential endorsement. Perhaps we're just piling on the craze with Ellen, Ashton, and Oprah, as well as every texting teen and their friends with benefits. Its a good thing to see alternatives to newspaper start taking a hold, but I can't help but feel a little bit as though "we the sheeple" are being herded into this arrangement. Like cellular, its promise comes at a price, and with a commitment to corporate media monoliths. And I just hate feeding corporations in order to participate in the public community. I'll be interested to see how the White House copes with this bold dive into the national social networking media blast.

Re:Everyone is doing it....or else? (1)

zipherx (1150327) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816217)

If I had mod point you would get them, I just have to agree with you.

Especially since my mom got on FB, i have been more reluctant to use it aswell, but that might be off topic though ;)

Re:Everyone is doing it....or else? (1)

yaDad (925894) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816713)

twitter is seeking acceptance in the face of pure and unabashed ignorance. why do people feel the need to tell everyone what they are doing? just doesnt make sense to me.

President Bush used twitter as thewhitehouse first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815293)

And the Obama admin wwiped out the tweets plus the friends when they reclaimed it.

Where's that storry?

Re:President Bush used twitter as thewhitehouse fi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815377)

nowwherre?

In related news... (5, Funny)

InsertWittyNameHere (1438813) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815359)

In keeping with the Obama administration's open adoption of modern American Pop Culture. The Whitehouse announced today of plans to start filming a new reality show called "Obama's BFF." The show will closely follow Obama in his search for a friendship with a world leader, akin to the Bush-Blair relationship. 16 world leaders will live in the Whitehouse for 8 weeks as they compete for Obama's friendship.

Who will be America's next ally? Find out this summer, only on Fox.

Re:In related news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815483)

Who will be America's next ally? Find out this summer, only on CNN.

fixed that for ya

Re:In related news... (5, Funny)

Xiozhiq (724986) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815531)

Barack of Love: President Obama tours the world in Air Force One with the other leaders present at the G-20 summit. They face off in a series of challenges designed to test their mettle, in a style reminiscent of American Gladiator meets Real World meets Bromance, to see who is worthy of becoming Obama's best friend and top advisor. 19 enter, one will remain... 8PM / 7 Central, only on Fox.

In all seriousness though, I'm intrigued by the Twitter feed. Not so much the Facebook / MySpace thing.

Re:In related news... (3, Funny)

Andy_w715 (612829) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815721)

at the end of each episode PresBo will hand out stimulus money "Will you accept this gift from the taxpayers of the US?"

Re:In related news... (3, Funny)

geobeck (924637) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815729)

Who will be America's next ally? Find out this summer, only on Fox.

If it's on Fox, they'll rig it so his BFF is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hilarity will ensue when Barak loses his half of their BFF bracelet and Mahmoud introduces Barak to his 'civilian nuclear program'.

Ah (4, Insightful)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815403)

How interesting. All these sites, unlike slashdot, allow you to state your friends; not foes.

Re:Ah (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815733)

In society, only losers have foes.
seriously is it that hard to separate the world in :
    - friends/family/people I care about
    - random guys/people I don't give a flying fuck about

I mean no need for a 3rd category consisting of people whose name I spit on whenever I've got 5min.

Re:Ah (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816835)

In society, only losers have foes.

So, Bill Gates is a loser? I recall a saying, if you're not on somebody's shit list, you're not doing anything worthwhile.

Why White House? (1)

nmme666 (1536765) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815453)

Why not Obama as a person? (might be there, dunno) What's next? Big Ben? Eiffel tower? I mean c'mon, shouldn't FB be a place for real people?? Or is White House a group? Too lazy to check.. Is White House going to be friends with Houses of Parliament and Req Square??

Friending is one thing, but... (2, Funny)

StreetStealth (980200) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815485)

If I de-friend the White House on Facebook, will I get put on a watch list?

Will this be like his linkedin account? (2, Informative)

djh101010 (656795) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815495)

He joined linkedin.com during the election, too, and made a forum post about "How can I help you (to help me get elected" or whatever. Bunch of responses from people, no ack from him that I ever saw.

I responded to his forum post to ask if he was really there to participate and have any kind of dialog, or if he was just there to make it look like he was tech-savvy and connected, and all I got back was an invitation to connect.

Stupid waste of taxes (3, Insightful)

diegocgteleline.es (653730) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815503)

I think it is a waste of taxes to have people writting post in twitter. Seriously. I'm not american so they're not my taxes, but still looks stupid.

Re:Stupid waste of taxes (2, Insightful)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815611)

Law makers should be required to write laws on Twitter! 140 characters should be enough for any law!

Re:Stupid waste of taxes (2, Funny)

T Murphy (1054674) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815951)

Bob: But..but officer, what did I do wrong? What law did I break? Cop: "While in the United States of America, it is unlawful to be in possession of any items capable of the mass production and / or spread of fir" Bob: What? I think that should mean "fire". Cop: Well, they ran out of characters and it says fir, so that pinecone in your hand there is an illegal item. I will need to take that as evidence.

Re:Stupid waste of taxes (1)

Clandestine_Blaze (1019274) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816243)

I would LOVE to see the tax code done in 140 characters. :) My guess is, the body would only contain tl;dr

Re:Stupid waste of taxes (1)

blueg3 (192743) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816727)

Well, if it is as comprehensible as the average twitter post, it's go something like this:

Pay your taxes! Visit http://mini.url/taxcode [mini.url] for full tax code!

Re:Stupid waste of taxes (3, Insightful)

geobeck (924637) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815791)

I think it is a waste of taxes to have people writting post in twitter.

Considering the cost of having a couple of interns posting social updates when they're not getting coffee for Michelle and helping Joe match his socks, this is probably one of the less worrisome taxpayer burdens in recent memory.

More communication = more accountability? (3, Insightful)

ODiV (51631) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815673)

If the Whitehouse is putting more down in writing, on the Internet where it can easily be archived and searched through, will this lead to greater scrutiny from the public? Will they be more likely to be called on their backtracking?

Or, more likely, will they just make sure to never say anything of substance?

Re:More communication != more accountability. (4, Insightful)

dyingtolive (1393037) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815963)

If the Whitehouse is putting more down in writing, on the Internet where it can easily be archived and searched through, will this lead to greater scrutiny from the public? Will they be more likely to be called on their backtracking?

Or, more likely, will they just make sure to never say anything of substance?

It doesn't really matter if they're scrutinized or called on for their backtracking. There are entire TV shows (Daily Show) dedicated to pointing stuff like that out. I remember watching an episode where they were talking about the bailouts and showing footage of congressmen talking about how good the bailouts were going to be and then cutting to another clip of the same person talking about how much they were against the bailouts and never supported them to begin with. People chuckle about it, but no one really cares. Its sad that it turned out like that, but short of forcing open revolt and exile, I don't know what can be done. Chances are the next bunch would be just as bad as the current, if not worse.

Re:More communication != more accountability. (0, Flamebait)

ODiV (51631) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816519)

Yeah, that's a really good point.

Look at the whole WMD in Iraq debacle.

Maybe someone with a little more clout than The Daily Show needs to be confronting these guys. Someone who can bring about actual consequences would be a start.

Re:More communication = more accountability? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27816257)

Um, I'm going with the second one. After all, BO already has great experience and a long, long track record of never saying anything of substance. The first Psycho-Babbler-In-Chief.

White House joins... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815727)

You could also say it's joining the 21st Century!

AC

The obvious next step (3, Funny)

dilvish_the_damned (167205) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815825)

Towards the end of his tenure he will end up on FML.

Re:The obvious next step (1)

areusche (1297613) | more than 5 years ago | (#27815939)

You so sure? He might end up here: http://bmylife.com/ [bmylife.com]

Idiocracy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815867)

Reminiscent of the 2006 Mike Judge Film, Idiocracy. What's Next?

ewrwerwerwer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27815917)

I see defacement coming. :(

What Next...Second Life? (1)

WebmasterNeal (1163683) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816491)

Personally, I don't mind if they want to do a twitter, facebook or myspace page but I draw the line at Second Life. If they waste their time with that, I'll be mad.

OpenLayers and OpenStreetMap at the White House (1)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816941)

Related, there is more 'social data and social software' at the White House today. The WH Change website [whitehouse.gov] now uses OpenLayers [openlayers.org] and OpenStreetMap [openstreetmap.org] ! Great to see such penetration of open data and open source :-)

White House 2.0? (1)

lithis (5679) | more than 5 years ago | (#27816947)

I thought White House 2.0 would have been the post-1814 White House [wikipedia.org] , but that must have just been an increase in the minor version number.

mod 0P (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27817299)

and heLp us! cultur3 of abuse

You can just call too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27817383)

...as Alex Jones did on his radio show a few days ago [youtube.com] . ;)
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