Atheist Pride Day a Success! March 21, 2009

Atheist Pride Day a Success!

Considering over 4,300 participated in it (or at least said they would), I’d say Atheist Pride Day was a success.

It’ll be even better the next time around, I’m sure.

Speaking of which, if you’d like to be involved in the planning of making it bigger and better, join the Atheist Awareness Facebook group!

(Thanks to Neil for the link!)

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  • I wonder how many total users Facebook has. 4,300 sounds impressive, but I wonder how many total users that is. My hunch is that it isn’t even 1%. Still, I suppose something has to be better than nothing.

  • Brian C Posey

    Facebook’s press page claims they have 175,000,000 active users. They define “active” to mean that the user has returned to the site within the last 30 days.


    This doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s a start. I share Mr. Mehta’s optimism for next time.

  • Considering that our event started as small as it did, and the limited amount of time and exposure we had, we’re thrilled with the results this time around. But our focus is on taking the next year to get it right and make it bigger and better; hope you’ll join us at the group!

    Comparing to active users on Facebook isn’t a great measure, I think. The number of users who regularly use features like groups and events is many times smaller. AANR, the most active nonbelievers group on Facebook, has about 40,000 members–a number which includes everyone who has joined once and never returned as well as the dozens of active posters.

    Anyway, we’re excited about the turnout for year one, and can’t thank Hemant and the Friendly Atheist enough for their help in our last second push (we added over 1,000 participants in the last 5 days). Hope you’ll all be a part of the process as we prepare for how to do things in the years to come!

  • Brian

    As someone who actually participated in this event I can tell you, personally it was a success. By changing my profile status to say “I am an atheist” it opened up a dialog with a couple of my Facebook friends about what atheism is and what it means to me.

  • I completely forgot about this but ended up having a big debate about atheism on Friday anyway.
    I think I did my bit in a small way. :]

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