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“Tweet Us at the Twitter Town Hall,” say HUD, EPA, & DOT Top Brass

Stuart Andreason just posted earlier today about some of the “good, bad, and unknowns” of using social media. As a quick follow up, I wanted to mention an interesting example of social media being used effectively at the national level — through what was called a “Twitter Town Hall.” Top administrators from HUD, EPA, and DOT took questions from across the country (sent in as tweets) about the three agencies’ joint Partnership for Sustainable Communities.

Twitter-Town-HallThe Town Hall was a live web broadcast in which selected incoming tweets were responded to. As one who tried to multi-task by following the tweets, while watching the video cast, while also tweeting in some questions of my own — I thought the questions chosen to put to the three administrators were fairly representative of those being tweeted in. Planners and planning commissioners take note: there were actually quite a few substantive and important issues discussed.

I’m setting out the 46 minute long web broadcast below (note; move the slider to the 2:00 minute mark, where the discussion actually starts). For more about the Twitter Town Hall and about the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.