Jobs and the Economy are the key agenda items for this historic Twitter event. Will you be participating?
Initially tweeted from the White House on June 30th, anyone with an account has been invited to take part. Leading up to the event, "followers" were instructed to Tweet their questions in advance using the hashtag #AskObama.
The current administration has once again engaged the public using social media. In April, they held a similar event at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto. The event was a smashing success as, based on The Realtime Report, the meeting "received nearly 13,000 'Likes' and 3,861 comments within less than 24 hours, and the event page showed 46,455 as 'Attending.'"
Everyone Has an Opinion
Jobs and the Economy continue to nag many Americans. There is still plenty of fallout from the 2007 financial meltdown. It seems like everyone has an opinion or theory of what is needed to get things back on track. This is an opportunity; be at the town hall in a virtual sense. Regardless of your political persuasion, using social media, which basically targets a younger audience, has to be good news for those who want to share their views with the President of the United States.
2.25 Million Followers
Currently, the White House has a whopping 2.25 million Twitter followers. Similar to the Facebook Town Hall that was moderated by Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founder and Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey will have the honors. The Twitter Town Hall kicks off at 2pm, ET sharp.
With all of those followers, it will be interesting to measure the final event stats in determining just how many people engaged their government. Just as important, it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be in discussing jobs and the economy.
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