HuffPost Thursdays: Getting Readers To Meet Offline, Online

The Huffington Post is launching an initiative its calling “HuffPost Thursdays” in an effort to get the online news and entertainment site’s readers to connect with The Huffington Post — and to one another — offline using a new Meetup Everywhere platform.
HuffPo’s social news editor, Adam Clark Estes, highlights the goals for the weekly get-together:

Quite simply, we just want to help start conversations around news events and encourage real-life relationships between members of our large and growing number of users. With one of the most active commenting communities on the web — over 3 million comments are posted every month — HuffPost aims to be a two-way channel for the news. And while editors will blog weekly with some ideas for conversation starters, we want YOU to shape this program.

Obviously, we at mediabistro have long been fans of using the internet to get people to meet, network, brainstorm and learn new things offline, so: yeah. This is a great step for HuffPo.
Check out The Huffington Post’s map for future meetups on their site or right here, after the jump: