Saturday, April 20, 2013

Angela Merkel uses Google Hangout for digital fireside chat - Heise Newsticker

Angela Merkel has joined the illustrious group of prominent personalities, who had invited to a video chat in Google’s social network. So the Chancellor yesterday put six selected citizens about integration. Before you even U.S. President Barack Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the Dalai Lama had used Google Hangout.

media experiments like Hangout are no premiere for the Chancellor. In 2006, she launched a weekly video podcast in which it occurs usually solo. Your government spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeting regularly and has nearly 100,000 followers. And last year was a premiere had served live on the internet to trace telephone question hour with several thousand members, forums for discussion of the U.S. presidential election campaign as a model.

video conference chat in Google+ could be traced by a mass audience on the social network, YouTube and the website of the government on Friday about the “Hangout On Air”. The privately held call based on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats on the radio from 1933 to 1944 served to prepare for the next integration summit at which the Chancellor for 28 Mai has invited.

social worker Janine Molitor Kasonde pointed to everyday problems of migrants, such as the authorities. Merkel stressed the importance of good German language skills for successful integration are. This remark was not without opposition: A participant of the discussion, the Chancellor pointed by e-mail points out that the approval of German courses would last for three months and often longer. “Three months is too long,” Merkel conceded and gave himself pragmatic: they wanted it “again with the Federal Employment Agency and the Minister of Labour speak (Ursula von der Leyen) if we can not change what”

.That the websites and not be reached during the hangouts were temporarily – the Federal Press Office reported an unusually strong user-rush – the event is ultimately likely to have done little damage. Even with Obama’s “Fireside Hangout” had the chat after the live broadcast of hits in the millions. (With material by Christoph Dernbach and Joerg Blank, AP) / (ane)

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