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Thursday, March 04, 2004


Meetup growth

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, March 04, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Dean dropped by for a surprise visit to last night's meetup in Burlington - there's a great report on the o-blog about it, plus pictures. But the best meetup report is from Chris at Interesting Times:

Overall, the Portland area saw a drop in meetups from 9 locations last month to only 3 this month. But attendance was still good at the meetup I went to (about 30 people). It took a while to build the meetup momentum that we had before and it might take a few months to get the numbers back up again. But it is possible.

Why do I say that? Because, despite Dean dropping out, there were new people at the meetup last night!

emphasis mine - it's extremely interesting that new people continue to be drawn to the Dean movement. It's not unexpected that the soft support would drop and that overall meetup numbers would decrease, but Dean's core message remains universal: bring citizens back into the democratic process. The fact that new people continue to attend meetups is testament to the importance and timeliness of that message.

What were your observations from your meetups? Were there new people?


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.