President Obama schedules Google+ Hangout for January 30

Summary:Even the President of the United States will be using Google+ as of next week when he responds to "a selection of top-voted questions you've submitted in a live-streamed interview" on January 30.

President Obama is turning towards another relatively new social media source to take questions from Americans, this time in partnership with Google and YouTube.

Yes, even the President of the United States will be using Google+ as of next week when he responds to "a selection of top-voted questions you’ve submitted in a live-streamed interview" on January 30.

The event will be streamed live at 5:30 PM ET/2:30 PM PT next Monday on the White House's YouTube station, and interested participants have until midnight ET on January 28 to submit questions.

The event is also just a few days after the State of the Union this Tuesday, so that also might provide extra fodder for questions and debate.

Last summer, President Obama hosted a "town hall" meeting of sorts with a live webcast and questions submitted via Twitter.

Hangouts is one of those features on Google+ that separates the platform from other social networks as the video conferencing app can really serve both personal and professional needs.

Google has been trying to boost awareness about this feature since the social network debuted last July, but this is arguably the biggest publicity push that Hangouts has seen since then. It will be interesting to see if and how Hangouts is used throughout this year's presidential race and what other companies and personalities will take advantage of it.

Google also published the following promo video below in case you're looking for topics to spur ideas and possible questions to ask the POTUS:

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Topics: Social Enterprise, Apps, Google

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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