Your Response to the State of the Union

The State of the Union Address was available live to more people and in more ways than any event we’ve hosted since the President’s Inauguration.  Now that the dust has settled from last night’s speech, we wanted to share some of the results with you.

Last night nearly 1,300,000 people tuned into to our live video feed of the President’s State of the Union Address.  That’s a ten-fold increase over our second most popular live-streamed event.

The live video was available here on WhiteHouse.gov as well as to anyone who runs a website or blog via the share link WhiteHouse.gov/live.  Some notable sites that embedded the feed include YouTube.com, the Huffington Post, and Blogher.com.

Moreover, thousands of people tuned in live from their mobile devices using the new White House iPhone App.  While we aren’t able to confirm the total number of unique streams yet, we are able to see that nearly a terabyte of data was served to iPhones with the application during the event.

After the speech, over 50,000 people stayed on to watch and engage with administration officials during a live chat on Facebook.  It was just the latest in our Open for Questions series where you can ask questions directly to the officials who work here at the White House. 

While we’ve already heard from many of you, we are far from done.

Right now, you can go to YouTube.com/CitizenTube to submit and vote on questions for President Obama to answer during a live online event next week.  Thus far, over 40,000 people have submitted 472,000 votes and 9,926 questions.  Just to go to YouTube.com/CitizenTube to ask your question of vote on others’ now.

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