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Wednesday, July 09, 2003


Dean Top Presidential Web Search

posted by G at Wednesday, July 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Lycos reports the following on online searches:
When we first looked at searches for the Democratic candidates for the 2004 presidential election, Massachusetts senator John Kerry was leading the pack. Three months later, Vermont governor Howard Dean has surged ahead and left his competition in the dust when it comes to online popularity.
It seems that Dean's insurgent candidacy reached a tipping point two weeks ago. Countless stories about Dean's devoted supporters and higher-than-expected fundraising finally drove interested voters to the Web to find out more about the man, and how they could help his campaign. Dean had passed John Kerry by mid-June, but over the past two weeks Dean searches are up 250 percent.

How popular on the Internet is Dean these days? More popular than Madonna, Dr. Phil, or Alyssa Milano.
Thanks to Reed for pointing this out. Also striking is that the Dean Nation weblog comes up #1 or #2 (after Dean for America) on searches for "Howard Dean" on major search engines. This site is where many people are coming to find out about the next president!


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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.