Andrew Rasiej says blogging was "the primary force in the Dean campaign" in terms of online tools. One might argue that Meetup held that distinction. In any case, the maturation and convergence of those technologies -- and the question of how the web translates into votes -- remains an open one. Has the Obama campaign cracked the code?
Kay Hagan's Facebook campaign group has 636 members. Jim Neal's group has 393 members. How active are the campaigns in strategizing around these groups, and the web in general? If I was trying to chase down an incumbent senator, I'd be thinking very hard about that question, and looking hard at Obama's campaign for answers.