Do You Interact on the Web When You Watch TV?

Do You Interact on the Web When You Watch TV?

Taryn Williford
Jan 26, 2011

Last night, President Obama took part in one of the great American traditions: The State of the Union address. And, if you ask one House insider who spoke to Fast Company, it was the most wired state address ever. With everyone wanting to give their two cents, major TV events are usually accompanied by streams of people—from the notable and credible to the narcissistic and vapid—pouring out their two cents on Twitter and Facebook. So when you watch TV, are you following?

During yesterday evening's festivities, politicos far and wide took to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to commentate the President's speech.

The official site of the White House,, was updated with charts and graphs as the president spoke about them. The staff of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, were blogging and fact-checking during the president's address.

And it's not just the super-serious State of the Union that's getting this in-depth treatment. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hyping "the most interactive Ocsar Night in history." will allow it's viewers to direct their own awards night, watching the Oscars progress from any camera they see fit (including the dressing room!). But if you'd rather have uncensored access, there will certainly be plenty of tweets on twitter that will simulcast the show with commentary.

So our question is: Do you like to follow threads and streams on the web while you watch much-hyped TV events? Or do you feel like spending the night staring at two screens is information and sensory overload?

(Images: Flickr member mytoenailcameoff licensed for use under Creative Commons, Flickr member gkdavie licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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