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Internet Drives Huge Traffic to White House Health Care Summit

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 26 2010

Was yesterday's all-day meeting at Blair House on health care reform a success? Well, by one measure, it was a huge success for the White House new media operation, which provided a live web stream to users all over the web. This tweet from new media director Macon Phillips sums it up:

That is to say, three times as many people watching the live web stream of the health care summit than the State of the Union. This occurred not because a summit is inherently more interesting than a speech; it's because after the first few hours, when the cable new shows stopped covering it live, people probably went looking for other ways to watch and chose the web.