Social media, especially, Twitter is abuzz in anticipation of the upcoming live video chat on the internet by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. The interaction will be conducted on Google+ using the Hangout feature, which allows live video meets, at 8pm on Friday.
Yesterday, Modi tweeted on his Twitter account, “Friends, am looking forward to exchanging ideas with you on G+ Hangout tomorrow on ‘Realising Swami Vivekananda’s vision of Strong India’!”
This will be the first time for an Indian politician to engage with common citizens through the Google+. Actor Ajay Devgn will anchor the session with the Gujarat CM.
Sources said that Modi, who uses social media websites a lot to reach out to his supporters, wanted to use Hangout to connect with people after the US president Barack Obama used the feature to talk to his supporters. Modi’s team contacted Google for doing the Hangout session recently and the big G has provided technical support. The Hangout session will also be linked to Modi’s Youtube channel in real-time. Modi will take part in the Hangout session from Ahmedabad.
Shri Modi will reply few questions from a pool of thousands of question received from people from across the world. Rest of the questions will be answered via email.
Google has roped in bollywood film-star Ajay Devgan to anchor the live interaction programme.
The live hangout programme will be available at WWW.YouTube.com/NarendraModi at 8 pm (IST) onwards on 31st of August.
The event has been organized by Vivekananda Cell, Sports, Youth & Cultural Activities Department jointly with Google!
This comes on a day when former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for Naroda Patia massacre during the 2002 post-Godhra Gujarat riots.
In last few months, Google has heavily promoted Hangout. The feature is considered the best part of Google+ experience as it allows multiple people to do live video meetings. In the beginning, the company had advertised the feature using Muppets, who were shown collaborating for a song using Hangout.
Later, Google started arranging Hangout sessions with celebrities in India as well as in other countries in an attempt to bring more people to Google+, a social networking site that competes against Facebook and Twitter.
In India, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are among the celebrities who have participated in Hangout sessions with their fans. Apart from working on celebrity sessions, Google has also helped several companies and organization in holding their Hangout sessions.