|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Social network, Virtual community|
|Founder(s)||DEESITE GbR (German company constituted under civil law)|
|Launched||May 15, 2000|
dol2day is the name of a social networking platform for politically interested German speaking people. dol2day is the abbreviation for “democracy online today”. Most of the members are college and university students, pupils and younger professionals, in particular from Germany. Average age is between 20 and 30 years. The website was launched in May 2000 by five students from Aachen. Therefore, dol2day claims to be one of the oldest social networks and the biggest for politics in Germany. The site is a combination of Internet forum and multi-user dungeon (MUD).
dol2day provides several features for its members (“Doler”). Users are able to keep and maintain a personal page. This page contains information about their name, age, contact details, interests, friends list, political preferences and group as well as virtual party memberships within dol2day. Doler also have the option to upload a photo on their personal page. Furthermore, the website provides a private messaging service for its members and an internet radio. dol2day is comparable to other social networking sites.
Users can start public-opinion polls about political and social topics. In these polls all Doler are able to discuss the issue and to evaluate articles by other member.
Doler are accessed to vote an “Internet Chancellor” for a period of four months. This “Internet Chancellor” organizes chats with politicians and other celebrities (e.g. Franz Müntefering, Christian Wulff, Günter Verheugen) and starts referendums to develop the community. But the ultimate decision makers are the owner of dol2day, DEESITE GbR, a German company constituted under civil law.
From time to time Dolers hold local real-life meet-ups.