The Huffington Post has hit 1 billion pageviews for the first time, with 37 million unique visitors, and 5.1 million comments in August.
The new stats come from a press release published in AllThingsD, along with announcements that HuffPo is acquiring the community discussion board Localocracy, and launching four new sites: Huff/Post50, HuffPost Gay Voices, HuffPost Weddings, and HuffPost High School.
The new sites are the latest of 21 new sections since AOL bought HuffPo for $315 million in March.
Localocracy, a Massachusetts-based “online town common,” encourages citizens to engage in local issues, according to the release. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed, but Localocracy executives Conor White-Sullivan, Aaron Soules, and Jay Boice are joining HuffPo “to work on the intersection of editorial and technology, and deepen the sites’ engagement with users.”
The release also announces that New York Times writer Lisa Belkin is joining the Huffington Post as a senior columnist, covering parenting and family.
Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington will present an Advertising Week panel to discuss “Trust, Community, and America’s Search for Real World Solutions,” including cause marketing, at 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, at the Times Center Theater in New York, as reported in Adweek.
Confirmed speakers include conservative columnist David Frum, Huffington Post senior political editor Howard Fineman, and Morning Joe duo Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, as well as HuffPo’s new hires, Lisa Belkin and Localocracy founder Conor White-Sullivan.