Not that we need any more proof, but here's another example that it's easier than ever to generate viral excitement over the Internet -- even on public policy issues. Politics Online reports that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's online petition to encourage Congress to authorize "the exploration of proven energy reserves" and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil.
Politics Online reports the site has attracted 1.1 million responses in only 30 days. Will it actually have an influence on Congress? Will it move the needle on public opinion on the issue? It's too early to tell, but how many government agencies can say they have created a specific online product that gets more than one million hits in a month? If you do, let us know and tell us how you did it. Leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.