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HuffPost Launches 'Change My Mind'

Mar 7, 2012

A new feature, "Change My Mind," launches this week on many HuffPost verticals that lets bloggers debate each other on timely topics. But thanks to a new tool, readers get to weigh in on which argument is strongest.

Here's how it works: in the "Change My Mind" articles, readers see a premise with which they can agree or disagree. After they click the "agree" or "disagree" button, a window pops open displaying the expert bloggers' opposing views. After reading pro and con arguments, readers then click "agree" or "disagree" again. The debater who convinces the largest number of readers to change their opinion on the issue wins the debate.

The tool, spearheaded by Conor White-Sullivan, who developed an online community platform acquired by HPMG last fall, provides a simple interface for editors to easily create the presentation. (Conor recently made Forbes' list of "30 under 30" rising stars in media.) Also instrumental in the launch of the tool is Menachem Dickman, Joe Moore and Dan Fratean, all of whom helped engineer it, and Daniel Lee, who designed the beautiful interface. Without them, the tool would not exist.

In a blog post introducing the new platform, Conor writes, "A Google search of any contentious question will yield millions of results, but in that sea of information it can be difficult to separate what's trustworthy from what's not. And even when we have navigated past the conspiracy theories, truthiness, and smoke and mirrors, it can be all too easy to confine ourselves to echo chambers where we only hear the people we already agree with."

Among HuffPost sections debuting the new feature: HuffPost Green's "Bill McKibben And Ezra Levant Debate Keystone XL Pipeline Pros And Cons"; HuffPost UK's "Can Stripping Ever Be Feminist?"; HuffPost San Francisco's "San Francisco America's Cup: Great For The City, Or One Big Mess?"; HuffPost Comedy's "Is Twitter Bad For Comedy?"; HuffPost Travel's "Do New Airfare Rules Help Or Hurt Consumers?", and many more.