It's getting easier to talk to the government online, but you're frequently limited to one-way communication. Wouldn't it be nice if you could chat with officials as easily as you do your internet friends? That might just happen. The White House has hired its first-ever Director of Product, former Facebook product lead Josh Miller, and he plans to do for government interaction what his startup Branch (which Facebook bought last year) did for group discussions. He wants officials to have a social network-like "conversation with you," rather than issue statements. It'll probably be a long while before you see the fruits of Miller's efforts, but don't be surprised if you can one day get your federal-level questions answered just by sending a message.
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