Yahoo to Join Crowded Digital/Social Space With #HashOut

List of panelists suggests a heavy politics focus

It would appear everyone is looking to bring the social arm of the Internet into the digital video sphere. Yesterday, The Huffington Post kicked off HuffPost Live, a sometimes manic 12-hours-per-day swatch of live programming geared toward providing a democratic and socially driven take on the news of the day. Today, Yahoo says it will share some details on its newest project, a socially driven talk show called #HashOut.

#HashOut will be featured as a part of Yahoo News and will feature a wide variety of panelists, who will ostensibly take part in a conversation that will be led or heavily influenced by social participation. So far, Yahoo has only a modest splash page for the series featuring the headshots of guests like Maria Shriver, Lost creator Damon Lindelof and Baratunde Thurston, former digital lead at The Onion. However, a #HashOut public Twitter list also includes panelists like BuzzFeed's Ben Smith, Business Insider's Henry Blodget, The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza and writer Susan Orlean.

Though Yahoo has released very little information at this time, if its curated panel list on Twitter is any indicator, politics and the coming election will be a heavy focus for the social talk show as Yahoo tries to make its way into a digital/social/video space that is getting more crowded by the day.