Viewers will be able to watch the floor proceedings, as well as John Boehner’s first speech as speaker of the House. In addition, C-SPAN is encouraging viewers to share their thoughts on the proceedings in the comments section.
The live broadcast marks more than the transition to a Republican-controlled House of Representatives–it also highlights C-SPAN’s efforts to expand its social media campaign. C-SPAN Co-President Rob Kennedy said in a statement that providing its audience with an online Congressional Chronicle and social media platforms will help the network continue its mission of encouraging audience participation. (More on Time.com: MySpace Staff To Be Cut In Half, Sale Expected)
In addition its Facebook page, the network has recently added a list to its Twitter page of congressional members who tweet, as well as one of Congressional reporters in an effort to further connect itself in the social media world. C-SPAN has also been frequently updating its location in D.C. on FourSquare, adding videos on its YouTube channel and creating C-SPAN Radio iPhone, iPad and Android apps. And if you’re hooked on Facebook live streams after today,never fear: the network already plans on streaming the State of the Union address over Facebook later this month.
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