Was Obama’s Twitter Town Hall effective or simply a stunt


Twitter Town Hall

When Jack Dorsey from Twitter brought President Barack Obama to answer questions on the social networking site on July 6th, it marked something that has never been done before. Technology met politics in a fresh and potentially intuitive way. Was the end result what everyone expected or were we “left hanging”?

The questions were reportedly unknown by Dorsey or the President and were selected by the Twitter community. Things started off well with Obama breaking the ice by saying, “First of all, everyone can sit down. It’s much easier to tweet from a seated position.”

So far, so good, but then he declared, “I am going to make history today as the first president to live tweet.” It was an odd statement and hopefully intended tongue-in-cheek – the only other person to sit in the Oval Office since Twitter was formed was President George W. Bush. G-Dub was definitely not a social media Commander-in-Chief.

Here’s the full video of the event. If you take the time to watch it, ask yourself if it left you hanging:

After the dust settled, our friends at inboxQ compiled the data and put together this infographic answering the same question. Click to enlarge.

Obama Twitter Town Hall

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