Democratic Members of Congress have embraced Twitter, it seems, as a way to connect with the people they represent. They will be participating in a Twitter Town Hall today, Thursday March 10th, at 12pm Eastern (9am Pacific) to answer questions about the budget and other financial issues.
Congressman John Garamendi, who will be co-hosting the Twitter Town Hall, wrote yesterday to invite the American people to this Twitter Town Hall, asking that people use the hashtag #AskDems when posing their questions in order for the participating Members of Congress to see them. He also encourages people to retweet questions that they would like to see answered, as there won’t be enough time in the hour-long Twitter Town Hall to get to all of them.
If you do a quick search for #AskDems right now, you’ll see hundreds of tweets from regular citizens about issues they care about. It’s pretty exciting to see so many Americans participating in a Twitter-run political initiative.
You can ask your own question using the #AskDems hashtag, or search and retweet the one(s) you’d like to see asked.
The website Twitter Town Hall will display all of the participating Congresspeople when 12pm ET rolls around. This is where you will be able to see the town hall in action, and read the 140-character responses that the Congresspeople give to their Twitterzens.
I love the idea of using social media to encourage democratic participation, and I hope that this Twitter Town Hall sheds some like on budgetary and spending issues for participating Americans. It’s encouraging to see politicians embracing social media not just as a way to promote their platform, but as a way to really connect with their citizens.