OLYMPIA — Gov Jay Inslee and about a dozen state officials tried to answer questions and get suggestions about improved state government over Twitter this morning.
At one point during the one-hour Twitter Town Hall, the topic, #ResultsWA was “trending” in Seattle, which for those not well versed in twitter-lingo means it was among the more popular topics in the city. And that, spokeswoman Jaime Smith said, was “pretty damn cool”.
Just how cool, or how effective, might be hard to quantify.
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Inslee himself wasn't in the office for the Town Hall, as he explained early on.
I’m on my way to a meeting but following along. Turning my Twitter over to #ResultsWA team for now. Looking forward to your questions.— Governor Inslee (@GovInslee) September 12, 2013
The event itself drew more than 100 participants, although many were state agencies or other government officials checking in, such as Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who sent props and did a little horn tooting — or is that horn tweeting? — of his own.
Some groups that regularly lobby the Legislature weighed in on issues like children's health and early childhood education. And there were a few “discouraging words” from critics who wondered about all the time and personnel being spent, like this one from the executive director of the King County Republican Party.
Some of the questions got answered, if briefly. But others will need more explanation than the 140-characters allotted a tweet. They'll show up next week on the Results Washington website.
Inslee's office says it will try more Twitter Town Hall meetings, as well as other ways to reach out on social media, in the future. No set schedule, Smith said, but they provide a way to “get a pulse on which of the goals and areas are people most interested in.”
As well as a chance to get unusual photos of the governor out to the public.