C-SPAN Goes Social: Streams 112th Congress Live on Facebook

  • Share
  • Read Later

The government is cashing in on the social media action Wednesday with the help of C-SPAN, who is currently live streaming the transition to the 112th Congress on its Facebook page.

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.

(via Mashable)

More on Time.com:

New Year’s Resolution: A Savvier Facebook Profile

As Facebook Hits A $50 Billion Valuation, Will It Go Public?

9 Online Scams & Cyber Threats To Avoid In 2011