White House to host second 'tweetup' at Maryland town hall

The Obama administration will continue its social-media outreach Friday with the second White House "tweetup," coinciding with the president's town-hall event at the University of Maryland.

A tweetup is a town hall, or in-person meet-up, for Twitter users. Part of the audience at Friday's event will be made up of @WhiteHouse Twitter followers who live in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. The attendees entered to win a spot via online registration, which was announced by @whitehouse on Wednesday.

The White House held its first Twitter town hall on July 6. President Obama answered select questions from Twitter users who had used the hashtag #askobama.

The town hall was met with mixed reactions, with some critics noting that the president did not respect the Twitter tradition of brevity in his responses.

The White House has not set a topic for Friday's town hall, though it will likely touch on the deficit debate. Limited tickets (for non-Twitter users) will be available to the public and distributed at the University of Maryland ticket office.

The tweetup will be streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

A 2009 study from the University of Maryland found that members of Congress were using Twitter more for self-promotion than government transparency. The administration's tactic aims to increase the civic participation of "tweeps."

Friday's White House tweetup at UMD won't be the only government tweetup this week — on Thursday, NASA will hold one of its frequent tweetups at the Kennedy Space Center to celebrate the final landing of the Space Shuttle.

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