White House to hold first Twitter town hall

















The White House has teamed with San Francisco-based Twitter to hold a first-ever executive office “Town Hall” using the microblogging service. The event will be held live on July 6th at 2pm EDT.

More information is available over at a askobama.twitter.com, and you can also follow the newly created @TownHall twitter ID for details.

Participants are encouraged to tweet questions about the economy and jobs to President Obama by using the hashtag #AskObama. It’s made pretty clear at the website and in tweets from both Twitter and the White House that the focus of the discussion is the economy, so one could assume that tweeting questions about other issues may be moot.

The White House has been one of the more active government users of Twitter, with 28 official and individual IDs logged over at GovTwit (which you can follow using this list).

Alex Howard has more details over at GovFresh, including that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will moderate the Town Hall, and that Twitter will select the questions. Twitter VP of communications Sean Garrett tweeted that the “there will be a fairly involved process on how [questions] are selected.”

BREAKING: 1st Twitter @ w/ Pres Obama at the WH on 7/6 @ 2ET. #AskObama your Qs on the economy & jobs: http://t.co/Uk04H97
The White House
.@ has a cool approach to surfacing q's & @ will moderate @ @ @ @ @ @ #HandleOverload
Macon Phillips (EOP)
@ @ Choosing the Q's will be done by @ so you should ping @ or others there #askobama
Macon Phillips (EOP)
@ @ will provide the Qs but there will be a fairly involved process on how they are selected / @ @
Sean Garrett
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