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President Obama to take Twitter questions at 2 p.m. ET

White House looks to build support for middle class tax cuts

President Barack Obama is taking to Twitter today to try to build support for his tax plan.

The White House announced on the microblogging site earlier this afternoon that Obama will take questions on extending middle class tax cuts at 2 p.m. ET. People can send in their questions on Twitter using the hashtag #My2k.

So far, the hashtag has been drawing more people tweeting about Obama taking questions than actual questions for the president.

This isn't the first time Obama, known for using technology and Web 2.0 tools since his first presidential campaign, has used Twitter to reach out to constituents.

In July 2011, the White House held its first Twitter town hall forum. In that Twitter effort, Obama took questions on jobs and the economy.

During this year's presidential election, Twitter became a key player for both the Democratic and the Republican campaigns and played a big role during the presidential and vice presidential debates. Social networks have been a part of other elections, but this year marked the first national election since social networking, and Twitter in particular, went mainstream.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed. Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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