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img HotSoup logo small Much talked about social network site for political issues HotSoup has a few hours ago opened its gates and is now online.

Created by …four Democratic strategists, three Internet entrepreneurs, two Republican strategists and one journalist… they are planning to bring together 80+ celebrity opinion leaders with grass roots opinion drivers (?consumers) to engage them in a dialogue around the most pressing issues of the day

Some quotes from their celebrity opinion leaders:
…People want to get involved and participate in their communities, but they really don’t know where to begin, said Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer of Bon Jovi
…Today’s leaders are found in State Houses, as well as coffee houses. They shape everything from public policy to where people eat… said Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

The complete list of the “gang of 80″ celebrity participants is available here. has already announced that the following opinion makers will join the discussions in the coming weeks and months:

  • Former US President Bill Clinton
  • Senator Hillary Clinton
  • Governor Mitt Romney
  • Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Karen Hughes
  • Entertainer Jon Bon Jovi
  • Producer/American Idol judge Randy Jackson
  • Lead Pastor of the National Community Church, Mark Batterson

To us this all sounds like a moderated version of meets Washington meets The Huffington Post etc. Another online source believes that the list of 80 celebrities contains about half-dozen potential presidential candidates. Anyway the idea of live online opinion surveys must be thrilling for anybody in politics or many others. You get the opinions first hand, no more waiting for poll results, and you can even interactively influence it…

In the moment its Lance Armstrongs turn as the celebrity “opinion maker” on …What is the most important issue ignored by mainstream media and our leaders? He’s joined by 4 opinion drives and a nice chart shows us that 69.7% of the members currently agree.

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When we were accessing the web site this morning it was an endless wait until the whole page was displayed. It took us also quite some time to understand their user interface. Nevertheless its their first day and we wish them all the best. The idea behind is very interesting and it will be great to see it work.

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