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Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 07/05/2011

On location at President Obama’s Twitter town hall

The Post’s Cecilia Kang and Mark Luckie are at The White House covering the President’s Twitter town hall on Wednesday. They’ll be tweeting throughout the event, setting the scene and logging major developments as they happen.

The president’s town hall will feature questions, via Twitter, from individuals using the #AskObama hashtag, and is advertised as focusing on “jobs and the economy.” The town hall was also granted its own username, @townhall, for those interested in receiving updates from the organizers.

The tweeted questions the president will answer have been curated by a group of high-profile Twitter users hand-picked by Twitter staff members. Some users, rather than tweet original questions themselves, retweeted others’ questions to augment their popularity and increase the likelihood of being chosen by curators. Twitter teamed up with a third-party engagement tracking company, Mass Relevance, to gauge topics’ popularity and geographical distribution.

The Post’s Chris Cillizza will be live-blogging the event, culling interesting and relevant tweets as the president fields questions.

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