Top 5 Ways to Follow Obama's State of the Union on Twitter

The State of the Union may not have the same great commercials as the Super Bowl, but it’s still an annual television event that gets people talking. Whether you’re tuning in because you genuinely care about Obama’s vision for America, because you just want to sound intelligent at your next dinner party, or because all of your favorite shows are interrupted and there isn’t anything else to watch, Twitter can enhance the experience at least a little. Here are the top 5 ways to reap those benefits.

1. The Official Source Way. Follow the man himself, @BarackObama, to get the official presidential perspective on the State of the Union address. If he’s tweeting while he’s actually talking, you’ll know something’s fishy. But in any case, Obama has already sent out a few teaser tweets to prep his followers for the big speech.

2. The Standard News Source Way. Mainstream though they may be, many of the big news sources have strong Twitter accounts, and they are another go-to for State of the Union followers. Try CNN’s @PoliticalTicker, for example, which has already released several tweets about the speech.

3. The Internet News Source Way. Many of the internet newspapers are great at tweeting because they have always known how to get people’s attention on the web. Try @Politico — their tweeters have already advertised an analytic piece about the State of the Union address.

4. The Twitter Way. What does following the State of the Union the “Twitter Way” entail? The hashtag, of course. Read up on all the tweets tagged with #StateoftheUnion to get what people are saying on a variety of fronts. And if you’re looking for something a little more fun, don’t miss out on #SOTUDrinkingGame.

5. The Social Network Way. And finally, don’t neglect one of Twitter’s other strengths: as a social network, it lets you connect with your friends and other people you respect and see what they are saying. So go ahead, see whether your grandmother has drawn any interesting comparisons between Obama and Kennedy or give a sassy @reply to a friend who has completely misinterpreted the president’s speech. Either way, at least you’re engaging a little bit with the political process.