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Transition Team Deploys Its First Public Web 2.0 Tools

The Oval Office Facebook Group

The servers are obviously having a tough time handling the traffic load (I’ve gotten a few errors throughout the day), but President-elect Obama’s transition project has already hit the ground running with a box of tools to organize the next administration at change.gov.

In his article on the many uses for social software in the transition (“The Oval Office Facebook Group“), Mark Drapeau wrote that the team “can expect…about 40,000 applications in the first few weeks and eventually…70,000 interested persons,” hence the job application form.

But today is also the day that Obama and his national security staff began their daily intelligence briefings, and as Drapeau pointed out, the intelligence community already wields some powerful IT tools for collaborating and sharing information. Making the most of that technology to get the new government up to speed will be a critical component of this massive project.

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