Douglasville woman selected to Tweet at the White House
by Haisten Willis / Douglas County Sentinel
Twitter, the social media and microblogging service that has entered the national lexicon in the last few years, can be controversial. Some call it a waste of time, or a sign of social decay.
Douglasville’s Kia Morgan Smith calls it a free trip to the White House.
Smith, who runs the non-profit business Atlanta Diaper Relief and is a children’s author, says Twitter is her “best friend.” She tweets between 50 and 60 times a day on multiple accounts. She currently has more than 2,000 followers.
On March 14, Smith will head to Washington D.C. to live Tweet British Prime Minister David Cameron’s arrival to the White House south lawn. The White House Tweetup is an initiative by the White House to bring together influential tweet masters to the rest of the world through social media.
“The White House posted online that they were looking for influential tweeters,” Smith said. “I tried my luck because I tweet all day every day and a day later I got confirmed. I’m super excited!”
Smith said the arrival of foreign dignitaries to the White House is a tradition started by John F. Kennedy. The Prime Minister and his wife will meet Barack Obama and the First Lady, with about 80 people tweeting their every move.
“I will be tweeting from the time I get up, ” Smith said. “I’ll tweet what I’m wearing, my shoes, everything. It’s going to be the best experience. I will savor each and every moment.
The group of about 80 tweeters each was allowed to bring a guest. Smith’s husband has to work, so she invited her mom. She said her mother is “beside herself” to meet the first black president. And Smith has Twitter to thank for it.
“Twitter has opened up doors and opportunities,” Smith said. “I’ve talked to big companies because of Twitter, folks I couldn’t reach otherwise. It’s a great medium for connecting with the world, and it got me to the White House.”
The group will tour the White House afterward, and Smith hopes to meet the President and First Lady. She said its great that the nations leaders understand how great a platform Twitter is.
Smith can be found at @KiaMorganSmith. The White House event will use the hash tag #whtweetup.