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#AskObama: Today’s Twitter Townhall

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By Doug Powers  •  July 6, 2011 09:07 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

As we speak, the teleprompter is being reprogrammed so that all evasive answers do not exceed 140 characters:

Starting at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, President Obama will hold the first ever “Twitter Town Hall,” to discuss jobs and the economy. The president will be speaking, not tweeting, but his questions will come from Twitter.

Thousands of Tweets are already populating the #AskObama hashtag created for the event. But the White House says Obama will also answer questions that are asked on Twitter while the event is going on.

Twitter will monitor hot tweets — those that have the most Retweets, Favorites, and Replies. Also, with help from visualization company Mass Relevance, Twitter will be mapping the big themes and locations that are “driving” the conversation.

The questions and comments are already flowing in. A couple of them are even non-snarky. For the first Twitter townhall, look for the debut of the phrase “Tweeting from Behind” and a pitch for Joe Biden’s new Twitter account, which the president will undoubtedly give a plug (pun intended).

The Twitter townhall website is here. Tweeters, start your engines.

Speaking of Biden’s new Twitter account, it turns out that Sheriff Joe won’t be writing his own Tweets. Darn — that’s like getting a clown car and hiding the keys from Bozo. What a letdown.

**Written by Doug Powers

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