By now, you've hopefully heard about the Huffington Post's 2008 Presidential Candidate Mashup. Today, we're excited to announce a new way for you to submit questions to the mashup: through your MySpace profile. You can visit our MySpace page at www.myspace.com/huffingtonpost, add us as a friend, and leave a question -- or, even better, a link to a video -- in the comments section of our profile. This adds a new level of interactivity to the mashup, and we'll hopefully soon be featuring samples of video submissions on the page as well. When Charlie Rose interviews the Democratic presidential candidates on September 12, we expect him to announce, "This question comes from MySpace user..." before presenting the questions we collect there, and we hope this will make it easier for you to participate in the mashup.
For those of you who haven't heard, the mashup is a new kind of online-only campaign forum that we're co-hosting with Yahoo! and Slate. It puts you in charge of the questions candidates are asked and of the viewing experience you want to have. On September 12, Charlie Rose will interview each of the eight Democratic candidates, asking them questions you've submitted. Two days later, you'll be able to "mash up" the feature of your choice, whether you want to compare candidates on issues (like seeing Hillary Clinton and John Edwards head-to-head on health care) or whether you want to see, for instance, every candidate's response to questions about Iraq — and only Iraq. A million Yahoo! readers last week voted to make the topics of the mashup Iraq, health care, and education, though we are also leaving room for questions on other issues we've dubbed the "Wild Card," and it's up to you now to submit your questions.
If the 2008 election is teaching us anything, it's the way that the internet, and social networking sites in particular, are changing the rules of the game (just ask Rudy Giuliani about that). We at HuffPost are excited to be part of this trend and look forward to exploring the ways social networking sites can empower younger voters to participate in the electoral process.
So visit us at www.myspace.com/huffingtonpost and submit your question today!