This is ridiculous. He's been president-elect for under 48 hours and Obama&39;s already reworking governing through the Web.
Case in point: Change.gov.
President-Elect Obama has spoken about creating a Chief Technology Officer position for the country, but does he need it? Can&39;t he just be our Commander-in-Chief Technology Officer?
Here&39;s what Change.gov does right:
- It turns his campaign platform into America&39;s platform.
- He makes his transition about change, not Obama.gov. Even McCain campaigned on change. It&39;s a memorable domain too.
- It welcomes user-generated content, or at least user submissions. The biggest homepage call-out is for users to share their stories.
- It stresses "you" wherever it can – note "Your Administration" above Obama and Biden on the lower left.
- The agenda&39;s prioritized – his first five stand out prominently:
- Revitalizing the economy
- Ending the war in Iraq
- Providing health care for all
- Protecting America
- Renewing American Global Leadership
- There&39;s a blog – expect continual updates.
- He promotes community service. It&39;s clear that he will be calling on Americans to take action, and he devotes a prominent spot on his navigation bar to this.
- There&39;s good search functionality up top. Here are the search results for &39;Afghanistan&39;.
- It&39;s very easy to get around, from the top navigation bar to the sitemap on the bottom. Google&39;s going to love this site (and the .gov domain will send it through the roof).
- There&39;s an email signup form up top to keep you up to date. It&39;s the only drawback I&39;ve found on the site in terms of best practices though. There are no privacy reassurances, nor can you find out how often he&39;ll be e-mailing you.
- You can apply for a job.
- You can learn way more than you ever will need to know about the transition. Unless you&39;re one of the many people so inspired by President Elect Obama that you&39;re considering running for office yourself.
Thanks to Paul McEnany for sharing this.