Tom Watson, who has been on my blogroll for a couple of years, mentioned tech President, a site where he is writing from time to time.
One glance was enough to let me know that this is the next generation of Internet and Politics intersecting. There is no way for me to describe the magnitude of the undertaking in a blogpost. The reader will have to go to the site and see first-hand. The magnitude of the Transition Team vision is bigger than anything I have seen in my lifetime. That vision is nothing less than a national conversation with virtually no limits to the number of participants, talking about whatever is on their respective minds, asking questions and making suggestions. The aim is nothing less than "listening" to everyone, leaving out no one but those who don't bother to participate.
This is huge.
This is paradigm-changing.
And to make matters even bigger, tech president and it's staff -- and a pretty impressive bunch they are -- have taken on the task of combing through the enterprise of what the Obama transition team has launched with Change.gov. After looking at what's going on there I feel even smaller than I did before.
TechPresident was started by Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry as a new group blog that covers how the 2008 presidential candidates are using the web, and vice versa, how content generated by voters is affecting the campaign.
The 2008 election will be the first where the Internet will play a central role, not only in terms of how the campaigns use technology, but also in how voter-generated content affects its course. TechPresident.com plans to track all these changes in real-time, covering everything from campaign websites, online advertising and email lists to the postings on YouTube and who's got the fastest growing group of friends on MySpace.
Our team of bloggers is made of veterans of the 2004 and 2006 elections, ranging across the political spectrum. Their expertise covers everything from website design to the latest in mobile tools and social networking sites. And we'll look closely not just at what the campaigns are or are not doing, but what voters and activists are doing online to independently affect the election.
Check out this from the Obama Team...
Like our healthcare discussion, the outpouring of comments, stories, suggestions, and ideas has shown the hunger for change that will help Americans navigate these troubled economic times.
Your overwhelmingly positive response to these discussions keeps pushing our efforts toward a more transparent transition.
We've given our economic team the opportunity to read and digest all of your comments, and we're offering that opportunity to the whole Change.gov community.
Click here to download a file containing all of the 3,500+ comments in their entirety. Several comments on the site have asked for a complete transcript of the discussions -- if you put it to a creative use, share that with us here.
At this writing there are an additional three-hundred-plus comments at THAT blogpost.
What else you got going on this afternoon???
[►January 27 -- Look what I came across...]
TechPresident editor Micah Sifry is the older brother of Technorati founder David Sifry. Display of these charts is part of their secret plan for world domination.
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