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New Whitehouse.gov is Live

BY Sarah Granger | Tuesday, January 20 2009

At 12:01pm Eastern time, as promised, the whitehouse.gov domain flipped over and we received our first glimpse of what's to come over the next four years. Take a look!

Whitehouse.gov did actually receive a facelift near the end of the Bush administration; no longer was the blog neglected and the site flat. Although it had held videos and audio feeds for a while, finally it seemed like a website worthy of 2008. But when the switch was flipped to by the Obama administration, it took on a whole new look. Welcome to open source government and a new era of government engagement online.

Goals and features of the new site are outlined here by Macon Phillips, Director of New Media for the White House. Core themes: communication, transparency and participation. So far, the site contains largely static content similar to the former Whitehouse.gov site and what we've seen on the other sites built by the Obama team, but we look forward to the coming days and weeks where they launch new participatory initiatives.

Congratulations to tech President Barack Obama.