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President Obama To Hold First Twitter Town Hall on July 6

Posted on: June 30, 2011

On July 6, U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a live town hall using Twitter

The president will answer questions about the economy and jobs during a live webcast. Questions can be submitted via theaskobama.twitter.com website or by using the hashtag #AskObama.

There is an official Twitter account for the town hall, @townhall that users can follow to get more updates. The July 6 live webcast is at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT). Twitter designed and hosted the website for the event.

Politicians are increasingly using Twitter to connect with constituents, announce their plans to run for higher office and share important news. For instance, Republican presidential candidates also plan on debating via Twitter on July 20, using 140TownHall.com as a platform. Still, we can’t recall Twitter — as a company — actively involving itself in the political process to this extent before.

In many ways, Twitter is the perfect digital version of a traditional town hall. It allows users to voice their questions not just to the politician but to the community at large. We expect that in the build-up to the 2012 election, Twitter will continue to take a more prominent role in the discourse.

What do you think of how politicians and public officials are using Twitter and social media to connect with the public?

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