This month we’re giving away an Amazon Kindle, so you can read political novels to your heart’s content. You can earn multiple entries by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, or even submitting a link to our our brand new feature, Politix Links.
So get in there, friends, those entries aren’t going to earn themselves!
At Politix, our team of editors strives to bring you all the latest political news, but there’s always more to cover. Since some of the best story ideas come to us as suggestions from you, we’re excited to unveil something new today.
Introducing Politix Links, a platform to share and discuss the political news that matters to you the most.
Now you can submit links to all the news you care about, and discuss them with the entire Politix community. Love another user’s link? Vote it up! Not so much? Hit that down arrow.
The power is your hands – the best stories rise to the top and may even be promoted to the Politix home page by our editors for additional glory.
So, over to you. Get in there and submit some Links!
Take heart, everyone but Richard S., you’ve got another chance! We had such fun with that contest that we’ve already got another one lined up for September. Get your clicking fingers warmed up and enter now to win a $100 gift card to Amazon.com. This time you can earn extra entries by referring your friends!
You know who would look awesome holding a brand new iPad Mini?
You’re in luck, because we’ve got a shiny iPad to give away to one lucky Politix user. It’s easy to earn lots of entries by doing fun stuff: Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, take a Politix quiz, download our mobile apps, and more. You’ve got until midnight 8/31/13 to get your entries in, but why not get started right now?
At Politix, we believe participation is paramount. That’s why we’ve released a set of Badges to reward you for doing the stuff you already love to do – vote in Debates, take Quizzes, comment on articles, and more. We’ve decked out your Profiles to show off all Badges you’ve already earned (shown in color), as well as provide clues about how to earn the rest (shown in gray).
A great way to get started is with our new “Tours”, which you’ll find in two widgets on the right side of each page Politix. The Quiz Tour is a selection of some of our most popular Quizzes, and the Debate Tour is a set of Debates representing each Issue category on Politix. Complete all the items in each? Boom. You just earned two more Badges. (Sorry mobile users, you’ll have to use the Desktop version to access the Tour lists for now!)
And we’ve got a freebie! Everyone is starting off with at least one badge, just for registering for a Politix account.
It’s Cool New Stuff day here at Politix! Let’s take a look at what we’ve been working on behind the scenes.
Private Messaging: You asked, and we heard you. The most requested feature is finally here and ready for action – Private Messaging. Now you can contact other users directly to chat it up, swap email addresses confidentially, share your mama’s meatball recipe*, and generally do your thing!
So where are those messages?
Profile & Notification Menus: We’ve made it easy to find those new Private Messages, as well as the rest of your notifications, by adding a new drop down menu up there next to your Profile icon. You can also quickly access and edit your Profile and Settings by clicking your name up there as well. Handy, right? Bonus feature: Now your Endorsement stats are displayed on your profile too!
And since we’ve made it so easy to access your settings, why not add a….
Profile banner: Avatar schmavatar. Until now, Profile Banners were limited to our guest contributor profiles. Now everyone can jazz up your profiles and express yourselves with an additional, larger banner photo. Show the community what you’re about!
And last but not least…
Activity Stream: Keep tabs on who’s doing what and when. The new Activity Stream shows you exactly what’s happening across Politix at any given moment.
Enjoy the new features!
*Feel free to send that recipe directly to me. MEATBALLS!
Politix had the pleasure of hosting an event at The Newseum in Washington DC that aimed to bring political operatives, public servants and press together with the tech and innovation community. The goal was to encourage more collaboration from the different sectors in creating new and channels for civic engagement.
This event brought together partners like Causes, TechNet, PopVox, Ryot, TRAIL, and BlastRoots. All of these companies and organizations are working to use technology to make civic engagement more user-friendly and make a difference in our world. Our event was a great way to promote more dialogue between DC politicos and Silicon Valley innovators.
At Politix, we believe in partnerships. Right now there are startups in Silicon Valley that want to increase civic engagement. Simultaneously, there are lawmakers that want better tools to more efficiently serve their constituents. We believe that tech can be used to increase conversation and engagement about our political world, so we launched our product a little over a year ago to do just that. This event was a great way to introduce Politix to an even larger audience.
The event was a huge success with over 300 people attending. But the real success was getting Washington DC folks and people from the tech sector who are trying to make the world a better place talking and forging working relationships.
Mary took “kind of a strange route” to get her editorial gig. She’s always been a political junkie, but she got a PhD in English, and from there she went on to work as a visiting English professor living in New Jersey.
When she moved to California, she planned to look for academic positions, but an editorial opening at political news site Politix caught her eye. “Writing about politics for an interactive product was a dream—and a dream I’d been repressing because I was training to become an English professor,” she explains. But now that she got the gig, she’s never looking back.