January 30th, 2012
01:11 AM ET

Obama to host Google 'hang out'

In the latest iteration of the administration's efforts to connect to supporters via social media, President Barak Obama will take part Monday in a Google+ 'Hangout," a chat room-like feature of Google+ that allows users to connect with each other via video connections.

The White House pledges the president will answer "several of the most popular questions" submitted through YouTube while some questioners will be invited to participate in a live conversation on Google+.

The latest social media push follows a Twitter town hall the president held over the summer. To the disappointment of some, the president merely answered pre-selected questions from Twitter users in that forum.

This time, the president's answers will show up on a video stream hosted by Google+ while participants can comment on his answers in real time.

The White House says the forum is an example of the president's commitment to "creating a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration."

But it remains unclear exactly how the White House will select the questions the president answers.

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  1. DIANE KAYSER

    I am Deaf and would love to be able to chat but not captiioned. Why Not caption for Deaf ?

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