Twitter Used to Gather Questions for White House Briefing

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs took questions from Twitter users this morning and answered a select few in a video on YouTube.

“Something new,” Gibbs Tweeted,”You take first crack. Use #1q in a q & I’ll answer 1 on vid before today’s briefing. What do you want to know?” Given that this is a public forum, users can see all the questions asked of Gibbs, in addition to the ones he chose to answer. His video reply below.

As transparent public engagement goes, this looks pretty good. If such a campaign were to spread far and wide, some kind of systematic analysis would probably be good in order to make it scalable. Text analysis of the most common words used in questions, for example, could help surface issues emergent interest.

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