Congress will broadcast live on Facebook as the new House Speaker John Boehner gets sworn in, a first for the social network.
Today at noon EST, live coverage of the first day’s floor proceedings in the House begin streaming on Facebook. Log in and you can also catch his first speech as Speaker of the House.
A video of the events will streamon Facebook page “A Pledge to America,” which already has plenty of preview content mentioning Boehner.
In addition to Facebook, Boehner plans to use Twitter to share news and comments, but his Twitter name is changing to reflect his new position and his staff isn’t releasing the new Twitter handle just yet. Other leaders in Congress are expected to transition to new Twitter names reflecting their new positions once the new session begins.
Nick Schaper, Boehner’s director of digital media, told CNN, “This kind of streaming and real-time interaction is not only unprecedented for the House, it’s helping to set the tone for a new majority that will continue to find new ways to listen to and better represent the American people.”
Would you rather watch a Congressional proceeding on Facebook than on C-SPAN or another television channel? Are you going to watch the swearing in? Are you inclined to use social media to engage with your favorite politicians, or would you rather stick with traditional news sites?