The company has organized a tweet-selection panel including bloggers, editors, and economic experts
The questions to be asked of President Obama at Wednesday's Twitter town hall won't be pre-screened by the White House.
Instead, Twitter will do that job, said White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips. The questions will be chosen based on popularity and will also be selected by a group of power tweeters.
Phillips said that the separation from the White House in choosing the questions made this event an "attractive idea."
Twitter reached out to the group -- predominantly journalists with experience discussing economic issues -- to help with the curation process, the company said in a blog post. They come from all over the country, from the San Diego area to Manchester, N.H. They range in age and experience from a college student to veteran journalists.
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"Twitter came up with a list of people they felt had good geographic distribution," Phillips said.
Those users are:
- Steven Norton, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Tar Heel at the University of North Carolina;
- Kara McGuire, personal finance columnist at the Minneapolis Star Tribune;
- Dorrine Mendoza, online content producer for the North County (Calif.) Times;
- Raman Chadha, director of DePaul University's Coleman Center;
- Modeled Behavior, an economics blog;
- Kim Quillen, business editor of The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune;
- Drew Cline, editorial page editor of The (Manchester, N.H.) Union-Leader; and
- Will Wilkinson, a blogger for The Economist