I started those groups for two reasons. One, it is a searchable feature. If someone looks for an atheist group in whatever state, (or city), they will get a response that will hopefully lead them to this site. So even if there are not locals to talk atheism with, they will find an online social group. So, in one respect, it is advertising.
Second reason. I'm going to send out invitations to the local atheists groups in each state or city that I can find, and tell them if they want to publish their upcoming meetings, or activities, they are welcome to do so here for free. On other network sites we would have people join looking for atheists in their area, hopefully this will help them connect as well. I helped start the local mid-michigan group in my area, and am hoping they will use the Lansing, MI group to advertise their meetings. Right now they pay meetup to host them, and I keep a minimalist website up for them.
More advertising for us, more advertisement for local groups, I do not see it as a bad thing. For most states, the two largest cities have groups, and the state. They have one member because they were just started, i didn't expect them to fill up in one day.
If you have any other questions about why we do what we do, feel free to ask.
the searchable thing IS working, Neal, i started up Indiana group, and posted some thread with tips on how to find local atheists in Indiana (ha ha, finding morel mushrooms can be easier, ha ha)
I started thread on Indiana group for other locals to list their local atheists groups i think is good idea for various state threads to consider doing. I've crossed paths with atheists who had no idea there WERE local groups right in their town.
but yeah, Neil, i don't much understand having groups for one specific town, either, but, who knows...so i agree with both Neils/Neals. =))
Anyway------the searchable thing works---------------to find more info for Hoosier athiests----------- i then typed in "Indiana atheists" and MY NEW GROUP popped up in first 2 or 3 results! ha. I see the rationale there.
And Julien is right, this website is only a few days old, it WILL grow, and probably fast. We should try our best to enjoy it while it is still small and cozy................cuz i feel those days are numbered.....