A Friendster for politics

Via Personal Democracy Forum, check out this tool for political networking, Essembly. It works much like other social networking sites do: sign up, add friends to your profile, and join groups about topics you're interested in. Then discuss amongst y'selves.

The difference in this site, however, are the "resolves" that members vote on. A resolve is simply a statement that's put to other members, created by individuals or groups, and it's then voted and commented on. Resolves help members find like-minded folks easier, and create an interesting style of debate with others you might not find on the blogs or sites you normally frequent.

My experience over the last day or so has been limited; so far, it seems like it's overwhelmingly white, male and DC-oriented. I'd love to see grassroots-minded people from across the country jump onboard soon, lest it become completely washed out. Some of the resolves I've seen are on the silly side (posted at 4am by one member: "Resolved that if it takes more than 45 minutes to deliver your pizza should be free"), but there's a set of tracking tools-- for example, to track locally-created resolves-- that seem helpful. There's a lot of promise in the site overall, and I'd recommend checking it out and seeing what happens.

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