The State Goes Up Against The Slate

Obama microformat

There’s one other big event going on today — a presentation of the state (as opposed to the slate, as Microsoft’s Lewis Shepherd helpfully pointed out). It too, however, has a digital bent — and, indeed, it will be much easier to find a live stream of the State of the Union online than of Steve Jobs’ address. The State of the Union will be broadcast live on YouTube, the White House’s site and many of the major news sites. Most of the big news sites (plus YouTube) are planning special features for web watchers.

YouTube users will be able to submit questions to President Obama via Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Moderator, which will be answered by the president during a live interview next week. MSNBC.com has a bulked up player, which will let users search for for keywords in the president’s speech, among other features. And CBSNews.com promises to let users participate in real-time polls. Watch live at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT.

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