As you may be aware, President Obama is holding a Town Hall event today with the help of TV networks MTV, BET, and CMT. One key to the event, which takes place at 1 PM PST, are tweets. The President will be fielding questions from Twitter when people use the appropriate hashtags such as “#askjobs” or “#askeducation”. Obviously, you’ll be able to watch this on TV, but if you’re stuck at your computer, you can watch it there too. And for the first time, you can actually watch the event on Twitter.com itself.
Thanks to the recently launched (and now fully rolled out) New Twitter, you’ll be able to refresh your Twitter stream on the site while at the same time keeping a right-side pane open with a live video stream of the event. This type of event showcases why the two-pane system was a smart move for Twitter. And you can probably expect a lot more viewing opportunities like this in the future. “We worked with MTV to make sure the video will play live in the details pane,” a Twitter representative tells us.
Twitter says there isn’t a link for this live stream pane just yet, but says to watch the @MTV Twitter account for it.
The companies involved in the hour-long event today also worked with graphics house Stamen to make this awesome-looking Twitter tracker site. This site showcases the nearly 100,000 tweets related to the event so far. The top hashtags as of now: #myGreatestFear, #myGreatestHope, and #askForeignPolicy.
Created in 2006, Twitter is a global real-time communications platform with 400 million monthly visitors to twitter.com, more than 200 million monthly active users around the world. We see a billion tweets every 2.5 days on every conceivable topic. World leaders, major athletes, star performers, news organizations and entertainment outlets are among the millions of active Twitter accounts through which users can truly get the pulse of the planet.