Live on Google+: The 2012 Republican National Convention

Organizers say new technology will offer "virtual front-row seat" to convention proceedings in Tampa.

Here's another sugar high for the political junkies out there: Google will be streaming live the 2012 Republican National Convention on Google+.

According to a post from Googleplex headquarters, Google will serve as the official social platform and live stream provider for the festivities. The Republican presidential nominating convention will be held August 27 to 30 in Tampa, Fla.

Google and YouTube viewers will get an exclusive backstage pass to connect with Republican leaders off the podium via Google+ Hangouts, bringing convention conversations directly to voters. We will also be livestreaming key events right into their living rooms.

Google+ Hangouts will include a new multi-party videoconferencing feature, that will allow viewers to get a close look at the convention proceedings. Tom Cheredar of VentureBeat correctly notes that Google+ has served as a platform to stream other political events such as last October's meeting between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In January, President Barack Obama participated in a Google Hangout.

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.com, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.

 

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