Love him or hate him, there’s one sure thing about President Obama — he’s indisputably the tech-savviest president we’ve ever had. So it should surprise no one that there is an iPhone app to keep fellow Americans in touch with the White House. This week the executive office has unveiled a second mobile application, this time for the Android platform.
According to an official blog post titled, “Do you have the White House app for your phone?”:
…you can get an alert that President Obama is about to speak, then watch it live, right in the palm of your hand… With both of these mobile apps, Americans can get alerts directly from the White House, check out behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and read the latest news from the blog or the Briefing Room.
There’s a joke in here somewhere about partisan politics and the Android vs. iOS camps, but I’ll refrain. For now, let’s just say that the “independents” out there who pack neither OS can still hit up the full website or mobile website for their updates.
Over the past couple of months, approximately 6.6 percent of all visits to WhiteHouse.gov came from iOS and Android devices. That’s nearly double the traffic from the same period last year. And more than 400,000 users so far have downloaded the iPhone app.
Technology’s place in the Obama camp was also recently evidenced by the President’s visit to Facebook HQ in Palo Alto, CA, last Wednesday. The Commander-In-Chief — whose social media efforts helped him get elected — stopped by for the company’s town hall meeting, which was streamed live on Facebook. The agenda? Politics and social media, of course, followed by a Q&A from the staffers. (For more on this, check out the coverage by the NYTimes Bits Blog.)