Jolitics – New political social network launching

There’s an interesting development today for people interested in both politics and social networking with the co-founder of social networking site Bebo, Michael Birch, announcing a new social network for politics.

It’s called Jolitics.com and at present will be launching in Ireland for testing and by invitation only, and apparently Ireland was chosen as the test region because of Bebo’s popularity there, according to Adam McGuire over on The Irish Times. It is anticipated that the open beta test site will be running in the next few weeks and then be expanded to any Internet user in Ireland. However interested people outside Ireland may have to wait some time to try out the politically focused network Jolitics.

Birch said explaining why Ireland was chosen for the open beta, “Bebo was really successful in Ireland so maybe there’s a kind of sentimental loyalty to go back to Ireland and launch our next site there.” Jolitics aim is to give people a place for constructive political discussion, particularly targeted at their region, with news on issues affecting that area. People invited to use the beta in Ireland will have a council, and be able to vote on different political matters.

Over time individuals’ status on the site can grow in stature and have more influence on their own community. For more on this go to irishtimes.com. It certainly makes a change to have a start-up somewhere other than San Francisco and I for one hope that Ireland makes the most of Jolitics and that it extends quickly to other countries. What do you think of Jolitics.com and if it was available where you are would you be interested in it? Why not send us a comment to share your thoughts with us.