Domestic media coverage, which has been steadily rising since last week’s pepper spray incident, is only going to mushroom in the wake of the arrest of hundreds on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday. The New York Post front-paged the protests today, for example, and outlets like the New York Times are rapidly picking up on the fact that Occupy groups are sprouting around the country.
Indeed, according to my spreadsheet tracking sign-ups on the Facebook pages of 54 Occupy groups (including the meta-groups Occupy Together and ones in Toronto and London), the total number of people signed up swelled from 181,065 Sunday mid-afternoon EST to 232,360 as of 2pm EST today. That’s an overnight increase of 28%, slightly faster than as between Saturday and Sunday. This means that the Occupy Wall Street movement is on pace to double in size roughly once every three days. (Big thanks to Shane Castlen for automating the data-gathering!)