The White House Joins Google+

Starting today, we’re excited to announce that you can follow the White House on Google+. On day one, President Obama made clear that this Administration is committed to public engagement and participation. That’s why we launched the We the People petitioning tool and why you can find the White House on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other places around the web. These are just some of the ways that we aim to engage with Americans on the issues that matter the most -- and now, we're pleased to add Google+ to this list.

On the White House Google+ page, you’ll find news from the blog, behind the scenes photos and videos, plus chances to participate. We hope you’ll add your voice to the discussion and share the things you find interesting with people in your circles.

One feature we’re really excited about are Hangouts, a live multi-person video chat with up to ten participants. The President and First Lady often call the White House “The People’s House.” Well, this is another way we’re opening our doors (virtually) to citizens around the country. On our Google+ page, we’ll host regular “White House Hangouts” with administration officials on a range of issues and topics. Some Google+ users will be invited to join the Hangout with the White House and have a conversation with policy experts. But the best part is that even if you’re not “in” the Hangout, you can watch the whole thing live on WhiteHouse.gov, on our Google+ page or on the White House YouTube channel.

To kick things off, we want to hear from you about our new page. What else would you like to see from the White House on Google+? Have a great idea for a White House Hangout or thoughts on the types of updates that are most interesting? Let us know on our new Google+ page.

So, what are you waiting for? Add the White House to your circles. We’re looking forward to hanging out!

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