#OccupyTogether Growing By 20-25% Since Saturday, Total May Top 300,000
BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, October 2 2011
Since Saturday afternoon, when I took a snapshot of 30 Facebook "Occupy X" groups corresponding to an array of large and midsize American cities, the number of people who have signed up (aka "liked") on these groups' pages has grown by 23.5%.
That is, from 92,143 when I did my tally yesterday, to 113,802 mid-afternoon today. The numbers are impressive and steadily rising; indeed, as I glanced at some Facebook pages and then refreshed, they gained another 10 or 12 within minutes.
I've expanded my spreadsheet to include a little over 50 Facebook "Occupy" pages, including a few that aren't just for cities (such as Occupy Maine and Occupy Michigan) and a few that aren't in the US (including Occupy Toronto Market Exchange and Occupy London Stock Exchange). The current total number of sign-ups is 181,065.
OccupyTogether is now curating pointers to at least 115 cities, plus a number of state hubs, which is also up about 20% from yesterday. So, my tally is obviously not even a half-picture of what is mushrooming out there. But it's safe to say that there's probably 300,000+ people who have now signed on to identify with the "OccupyWallStreet" movement in the United States alone.
If you want to pitch in on expanding/maintaining this list, or better, if you have some Facebook API chops and want to automate the tally, please contact me at msifry at gmail dot com.
Bonus link: Here's an unverified list of Twitter handles for Occupy groups that someone pointed out to me.