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Riding the online social networking craze, it is unsurprising that this has been an election of candidate cameos on MySpace, facebook applications, and Youtube. A new site, Glassbooth, takes an idealistic twist. Visitors are quizzed on the issues that matter to them most, and then matched with the candidate who best aligns with them on those issues — borrowing from Wired, kind of like Match.com for your soulmate candidate.
Most research indicates that candidates’ personal characteristics play a large role in voters’ choices. But even if not predictive, the site is an innovative experiment in focusing voters on substantive policy issues rather than personality. After your match is made, you still can’t see pictures or videos of your recommended mate, but you can look at his/her quotes and voting record.