A new U.S. specific web tool powered by Google works on one premise. It’s that public servants should be open to scrutiny and dialog with the people they serve. Map Your Representatives helps U.S. citizens with the first part of touching base with political representatives in their area. It answers the basic question – who represents me?
Enter your address or ZIP code and Map Your Representatives will opens stylishly to display every relevant piece of social information it can find on the official. As the screenshot below shows you, it contains essentials like contact info and the official (or unofficial) homepages of the representative. Embedded Twitter feeds could be a window to understand important issues or find the political stance of any official.
Map Your Representatives allows you to go up the chain, right on to the President of The United States. So, citizens can use the app and be better acquainted with the political spectrum and the legislators who influence their lives.
The app has been built by U.K. design firm Bow & Arrow, and uses Google’s Civic Information API. It sources the publicly available information from Klout and Twitter. We live in politically sensitive times, so citizen activism is gaining ground. But the first step starts with awareness, and Map Your Representatives is a basic tool that helps regular people out. One can only wish that similar tools will soon be available across the world.