Myspace gets more political

In Children and Youth, Election 2008, Netroots, Technology, US Politics on March 20, 2007 at 11:29 pm

Way back last Fall I wrote a post about a feature on Myspace that was allowing users to register to vote.  In that post, I stated that I felt easy access to voter registration was important, but that I’d rather see a site like myspace take steps to inform the public about issues and candidates, or at least provide links to information like this alongside their voter registration programs.  Voter registration in and of itself isn’t enough.

Well, it looks like they either followed my advice (unlikely) or someone over there came up with the same idea, because now they are doing just that.

Tonight I discovered that there is now a page on Myspace called “Impact” which, among other things, features links to Presidential candidate profiles.  I dont know exactly how long this page has existed, but it appears to be a step in the right direction.

Some other features of the page include user videos about various issues such as health or global warming, awards for youth that start their own organizations and initiatives, political news, non-profit job announcements, and the previously mentioned voter registration.

One funny tidbit that I found over at the Guardian Newsblog about the site is that Giuliani’s profile is set to private:

Now, back to Mr Giuliani. Click on his picture and there is just a box that says: “This profile is set to private. This user must add you as a friend to see his/her profile.” That’s it, which rather defeats the purpose of the exercise if he wants people to know more about him. Someone should tell Mr Giuliani and his advisers that his foray into MySpace leaves much to be desired.


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