169,395 #AskObama Tweets Sent (TVNewser)

MSNBC and CNN carried live the White House’s first Twitter Town Hall Wednesday afternoon, in which questions were tweeted to President Barack Obama. AllTwitter: The total number of tweets using #AskObama was 169,395, and the four most popular topics were: jobs (18,957), budget (15,000), taxes (14,777), and education (8,833). AllThingsD: The stylin’ Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder and executive chairman, acted as the voice of the people, channeling their #AskObama questions to the president and offering stats and visualizations of where they were coming from and how they reflected the topics Twitter users were most interested in asking about. NationalJournal: But there was a problem with the Twitter aspect of the town hall — it went in one direction, which goes against the point of Twitter. Not only did the president not type in his answers, they were much longer than the 140 characters Twitterers use to communicate. TechCrunch: I recall a time a few years ago when Twitter was scoffed at. It was the blogosphere’s punching bag. It was the stupid little service that no one in their right mind would ever use. It was for people who wanted to share the mundane bits of their lives that no one else wanted to read. It was for egomaniacs, or losers. It would never catch on. And then it did. GigaOM: Was it a dramatic step toward transparency and openness by the U.S. government? Hardly. But this digital and interactive version was probably a little better than a traditional TV town hall. New York/ Daily Intel: Unfortunately, despite all that, the Twitter town hall Wednesday afternoon was just as boring, barely watchable, and lacking in new insight as most traditional town halls. It wasn’t Twitter’s fault, really. The problem was that the format, as innovative as it was, still allowed Obama to remain Obama. Daily Beast: Brand-new format, same old answers: Reams of hype, most of it delivered in 140-character chunks, couldn’t make Obama’s Twitter town hall Wednesday as exciting as promised.

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