[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/23/art.twitter.cnn.jpg caption=" Twitter is hosting a presidential debate."](CNN)–The McCain and Obama campaigns are participating in the first ever presidential TWITTER debate.
Twitter.com is a micro-blogging website that allows it’s users to stay in constant communication by sending instant messages known as “tweets”. It’s free, and open to anyone.
Tweets are limited to 140 characters each, so the candidate’s representatives will have to keep their answers short and to the point.
Liz Mair, the on-line director for the Republican National Committee will be fielding questions for Senator John McCain.
Mike Nelson, an outside advisor to Senator Barack Obama on technology, media and telecommunications will be answering questions for Obama.
The debate will be moderated by Ana Marie Cox, the founding editor of Wonkette blog, and blogger for Time Magazine’s “Swampland” blog. Cox sometimes uses Twitter to write her blog.
The debate is taking place in conjunction with the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City on June 22 and 23. The forum is being held to discuss how technology is changing politics.
A spokesman for the event says that the debate is the brainchild of the event’s founders, Micah Sifry and Andrew Rasiej, who were inspired by members of congress extemporaneously using Twitter to discuss issues. Apparently Reps. Tim Ryan and John Culberson, who both have their own Twitter accounts, started debating energy and drilling for oil in the ANWR while on the House floor last week.
Questions posed during the Twitter debate will revolve around technology policy and government reform. If you are interested in finding out more on where the candidates stand on issues like net neutrality, log on to twitter.com or tweetboards.com/pdfdebate