Wednesday, July 6, 2011

President Obama in Twitter Town Hall meeting

Washington – About 9 million Twitter account holders follow the President's account “@BarackObama.”

Today, at 2 p.m. ET, they will get their chance to ask questions about the economy and jobs in a live webcast from the White House East Room moderated by Twitter founder and Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey.

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By using algorithms to analyze some 1.2 million tweets, the information specialist company Radian 6 identified the twin issues of “financial security” and “national protection” as the two most addressed by those who make inquiries of the President.

Questions of 170 characters or less on subjects ranging from school lunches to the war in Afghanistan have been pre-selected from the hundreds of thousands so analyzed for the President's response. He will not be restricted to the same length limit in his answers.

Thirty selected followers will attend the event to report on what they see and hear.

It's not the first time Mr. Obama has made a foray into the world of social media communications. He has in the past used Facebook and YouTube to engage in dialogue with constituents.

In an interesting aside, the Twitter organization said the news of the successful raid on Osama bin Laden caused the largest single spike in Tweeting in the history of the medium.

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