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Posts Tagged ‘@whitehouse’

Official White House Account ‘Rickrolls’ Twitter During US Debt Crisis Debate

Rickrolling, the popular bait-and-switch internet meme where users are tricked into clicking on hyperlinks that promise to lead to the topic at hand, but instead take the victim to a music video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up, has typically been practiced by the more jovial members of the internet community.

Sure, Astley himself performed a live version of a Rickroll at the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but that was still very much in keeping with the spirit of the event.

So when the official Whitehouse Twitter account performs a Rickroll of its own, just how seriously are we meant to take it?

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169,395 Tweets And 9 Million Followers For The President During #AskObama [REPORT]

Yesterday, President Barack Obama hosted a special and historic Town Hall on Twitter, answering questions submitted by Twitter users in the days leading up to the event.

The response was pretty incredible – tens of thousands of tweets were sent to the President using the #AskObama hashtag. Using specially-created algorithms that determined which tweets were receiving the most retweets, favourites and replies, 18 questions were selected in advance, and then read live by Twitter’s Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey, before being answered by the President, with @whitehouse summaries then retweeted by @townhall.

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Twitter Presents Townhall At The White House – What Will You #AskObama On July 6?

Recently we reported that President Obama has taken to tweeting personally from his Twitter account, signing off on messages he has written personally with his initials.

And on Tuesday we revealed that the President is the most powerful world leader according to social media.

Now, in a special collaboration with Twitter on July 6, 2011, the President will be answering your questions about the economy and jobs live via webcast directly from the White House.

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