Obama’s Live Twitter Forum
Today at 2 p.m. EST President Barack Obama will participate in a live Twitter forum that he and his staff hope will resemble a Town Hall Style meeting. According to Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House, the purpose of the forum is to, “try and find new opportunities to connect with Americans throughout the country.”
The official Twitter handle for the event is @townhall (over 11,000 followers), which will provide updates on the forum. Twitter founder, Jack Dorsey will be moderating the event, trying to condense millions of tweets into specific questions for the President. All Twitter users are invited to ask questions by including the #AskObama hashtag in the tweet. The event will be streaming live (2 p.m. EST) on askobama.twitter.com, broadcasting the webcast live from the East Room in the White House.
The President will not be limited to 140 character responses during the forum, and is expected to discuss the hot topics on the American economy and job market. I really hope this forum is a useful tool for the American people, and not just a PR move by the White House to become more socially savvy. The White House has hosted similar forums on YouTube and Facebook; the staff also launched a Twitter account for Vice President Joe Biden, on the 4th of July.
We expect to see lots of conversations online surrounding the forum and will be monitoring the discussions via our Engage Social Media Monitoring Platform. What do you expect to hear from the President? Will he tackle tough questions from people who may not be his biggest fans on earth? Tune in and let us know what you think!