However there are some problems with it of which one is resolvable and the other is more problematic. Currently you can search for your MEP on the site by either nationality or by Interest area.
But what about by political Group, which I would have thought vital?
It is almost as if you have the European Parliament on view, but not politics - an idealised world indeed. One where there is no disagreement, for example there seems to be no space for Euroscepticism, despite the rising tide of that opinion across the continent.
Also looking at the interest areas they seem to be defined interestingly. For example, according to the site Nick Griffin isn't interested in immigration, which surprised me.
In trhe case of countries with more than one constuituency, such as the UK the MEPs should be divided into regions.
These however are problems that can be addressed by greater knowledge and some technical tweeks.
The big problem is more difficult and that is who will use it. EU Weekly in its instant review is optimistic,
It is true that TyMEP will be mostly used by Euro-bloggers to interact with MEPs
and ask them questions, also by specialized journalist that will find in it a new source of informations (and with a bit of luck by general journalists too) ; but the ultimate test will be the citizen.
To conclude, TyMEP will be a great, practical tool, useful to the members of the euro-webo-sphere; and hopefully, will extend this bubble in two differents ways: for the citizen, and for the MEPs, who are invited to be more active in the web 2.eu world.
I doubt it, from the start the main users are, and will continue to be lobbyists. As the NGOs and the corporates get a hang of the idea, then the inboxes of twittering Euro politicians will be inundated by demands that they recognise the Falun Gong and so on. The general public, and even the Euro bloogosphere and journalists will be squeezed out.
Whilst spammers can be blocked by the MEPs they will not know they are being spammed at least for a while. The avalanche of lobbying will, I fear, effectively drive those MEPs who tweet off the format. At very best they will delegate the handling of their twitter feeds to staff (sucha s is altready done in the case of Jerzy Buzek).
In the case of They work for you the communication function works well as it is not so public, and is by email to a work email address. As of yet they haven't properly included MEPs in their universe, and I hope they do.