While there is not much to the site yet, Obama’s launching of Change.gov does more than just keep the public notified of the transition period, it embraces the public’s ideas and shows a continuing commitment to interact with the American public. In addition to information about the transition team, Change.gov is asking the American people to share their stories and share their vision for new policy in his administration.
But will the public really be able use this site to influence the new administration? Will Obama listen if people use it? We will have to wait to find out what other tools will be designed for the site and whether any of it will matter. One thing is for sure, Obama is continuing his trend of using social media to gather support, furthering his message of transparancy in government, and at least attempting to give the public another outlet to influence public policy.