Purdue University: Obama and I now have something in common - Drupal
Back in October of 2008 Purdue students were well organized Obama supporters. Every time I went to campus I saw Obama supporters out rallying and sharing talking points with passer-byers. On two occasions I took the time to ask campus Obama supporters what they liked about him, trying to understand their position. I was interested in knowing if they really were thinking for themselves or letting the media / friends think for them. I was unable to find common ground with the campus supporters and Obama's key policies.
Obama digs Drupal
I can't claim that now. Have I seen the light? I think Obama has :) How so? Obama and his staff decided to use Drupal for the new Recovery.gov website. They could have used a number of open source platforms like; WordPress, Joomla, Typo3, Plone etc. It is nice to see Drupal being used for different purposes and industries. When it comes down to it, most Drupal site owners want to offer conversation within their site or some sort of social medium. Drupal provides that pretty much out of the box.
Drupal At Purdue
If you would like to learn more about Drupal or become involved in the Drupal project (on a local level) I invite you to the Purdue Drupal Meetup. Purdue's English department has some 50 teachers using Drupal to manage their class material, grades, and provide a social platform for students to virtually engage in class discussion.
Who Uses Drupal
As you can see, the commander in chief approves Drupal :) But we only have one commander in chief. I wish the Drupal community knew just how many Drupal sites exist. We aren't sure of the exact number but I know it is into the thousands. Here is a youtube video showing a small list of major web players who use Drupal. Enjoy!