I want to spend a week shadowing my new crush: Macon Phillips

Possibly not immediately, but in a few months time when the furore has calmed down around the inauguration. Macon is the Director of New Media for the White House, and wrote the first blog post on the new White House website. Here is a bit of it:

Communication — Americans are eager for information about the state of the economy, national security and a host of other issues. This site will feature timely and in-depth content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated. Check out the briefing room, keep tabs on the blog (RSS feed) and take a moment to sign up for e-mail updates from the President and his administration so you can be sure to know about major announcements and decisions.

Transparency — President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President’s executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government. You can also learn about some of the senior leadership in the new administration and about the President’s policy priorities.

Participation —
President Obama started his career as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he saw firsthand what people can do when they come together for a common cause. Citizen participation will be a priority for the Administration, and the internet will play an important role in that. One significant addition to WhiteHouse.gov reflects a campaign promise from the President: we will publish all non-emergency legislation to the website for five days, and allow the public to review and comment before the President signs it.

We’d also like to hear from you — what sort of things would you find valuable from WhiteHouse.gov? If you have an idea, use this form to let us know. Like the transition website and the campaign’s before that, this online community will continue to be a work in progress as we develop new features and content for you. So thanks in advance for your patience and for your feedback.

For me these three areas are of primary interest, and I wonder if Macon will share how this works for the Presidency, how it impacts decisions made, how people can track their input – or whether they don’t. I suspect that he won’t as this is all part of the magic, so I would love to just shadow the man for a bit and watch him weave Americans in with their senior management.

His Twitter feeds are protected sadly, but you can see that he follows few and has few followers, nor does he update that often (27 updates).

His online presence is clean (as one would expect), he is on LinkedIn and Facebook but he seems to reserve his social media interaction for business only, and I really admire that. It is something for me to aspire to, although I don’t have the power to clean up my own activity online over the years, how I would love to come at it from new and create this wonderful, professional – yet open and honest – online persona.

Even in Google images it is not blindingly obvious who he is, but here he is (am I sounding a teensy bit stalkery? 🙂 not meaning to, just so interested in who sits behind what is happening online over there).

I am intrigued and fascinated by what is to come – not so much for the Obama presidency (although even I can see that this is a momentous time in history and for the future); but down here in true online engagement and collaboration, e-democracy from the top down. Interesting too to see what the departments do over there to keep up with this. Here is a list of all the US departments and their twitter feeds – I wanted to follow them all to see what happened, but I don’t have the time/head space! Someone should though, and let me know.

Enough! I shall try not to post about this any more…