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Sitting at home alone and watching President Obama’s first State of the Union address while you make snarky comments to your pet turtle just doesn’t deliver the satisfaction that irritating an entire room full of other viewers does. Which is why you should consider visiting one of the following sites, where you’ll be able to watch tonight’s address while offering your real-time, incisive political analysis to the great unwashed masses.
Get it right from The Man: No White House has ever been so enamored with new technology and social media as the Obama White House is. And if you want to watch the official stream while chatting with other computer-bound citizens, they’ve got, big surprise, a Facebook page for that.They also have an iPhone app for it if, like Chance in Being There, you just like to watch.
Hit Ustream: Ustream has partnered with CBS to rebroadcast their coverage, and they’ll have an integrated chat tool that you can use to tell everyone why you think the Obama should make you a close advisor.
Go with CNN: As usual, Ted “Freakshow” Turner’s ground-breaking brainchild, CNN, will be broadcasting the event with the usual social media suspects integrated. No word on whether or not Darth Vader will be stopping in.
The Voice of Reason: Although you won’t get to weigh in yourself, I can think of way worse places to hang out tonight than on Reason Magazine’s blog, HIt and Run, where Reason editors will be delivering real-time commentary.
You’ve got other options of course, like hitting YouTube’s “CitzenTube” page and submitting questions to the President Obama that won’t be answered, or sitting in your living room and watching a network broadcast while you update your Facebook status. But considering the huge timeline delays at Twitter before and during today’s iPad announcement, you might want to try chatting rather than tweeting.