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This spring our vote swapping platform took off by way of some networking and influencer work, a few choice retweets, some nifty web design work, and a groundswell of people getting behind the idea, and as a result I ended up doing quite a few interviews about the phenomenon for press and radio, even a bit of TV.

Here are the radio interviews gathered together. Meeting John Humphys at New Broadcasting House before dawn was probably my high point – as captured here for posterity.

It’s strange revisiting this now in the light of what we now know about the eventual result – how wrong the polls were puts everything into a different context.

But socially-enabled vote swapping is an innovation which may yet prove to have an important effect in a future election.. Watch this space.

Idea: swapmyvote.org.uk would allow people who feel their vote may be wasted to swap with someone in another constituency.The idea came this evening when a friend and I were discussing how she really wants to vote Lib Dem and I Green. She lives in Brighton, and I live in Richmond Park. So we agreed we could swap votes. That way we increase the chances of a first Green MP, and minimise the chances of Zac Goldsmith getting in. Simples.

I’m no web developer but I do have a sense of what is possible, and there is a lot of information available that would help build such a site. Asking users for their postcode, it could potentially use datasets from guardian.co.uk/openplatform and mysociety to allow voters to identify whether their vote ‘counts’ in their constituency, and which other constituency would benefit from a vote for the party they would wish to support.

Okay, so using the site could be something of a massive act of faith (that your vote ‘buddy’ would vote as claimed), but it could help progressive leaning voters acheive the parliament they desire. Call it ‘voter solidarity’!

It may seem illiberal but I don’t want to work to encourage the extreme right wing. Therefore I suggest the ground rules would be that you can only swap with other people who want to vote for progressive parties.

I’ve registered the domain above (swapmyvote.co.uk is currently occupied) and would love to see us use the possibilities the web offers better to represent the people’s wishes.

Clearly time is short (I wish someone had thought of it a month ago – or maybe they did!), but if anyone would like to help build it, please do get in touch.