April 26 Is Cord Cutters Day: Join Us for Meetups Everywhere


Every so often, reports and studies point out that cord cutting is just a myth, that no one is really ditching pay TV for online alternatives. Well, we beg to differ. Ever since we started our weekly Cord Cutters web series last fall, we’ve been blown away by the sheer number of emails and tweets from readers who are cutting the cable cord.

You all have impressed us again and again with your creativity and inventiveness. That’s why we want to celebrate you, our audience, on April 26, 2011, with Cord Cutters meetups across the U.S. and Canada. We’re calling it Cord Cutters Day. Here are all the details:

San Francisco. Meet Ryan Lawler, me and other GigaOM staffers at The Republic from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check here for more details and to RSVP.

Los Angeles. Join longtime NewTeeVee contributor Liz Shannon Miller for a Cord Cutters meetup. Check here for more details and to RSVP.

Austin. Swap survival stories with GigaOM senior writer Stacey Higginbotham. Check here for more details and to RSVP.

Toronto. Meet in style with Darrell Etherington from GigaOM’s Apple Blog, who’s been writing about Apple-specific cord cutting for a long time as well. Check here for more details and to RSVP.

Find a Cord Cutters Meetup in Your Town

We know that many of you don’t live in these four cities, which is why we teamed up with Meetup.com to help you organize Cord Cutters meetups everywhere. Simply go to Meetup.com/CordCutters and sign in with your Meetup.com or Facebook account. Meetup.com should automatically recognize where you currently are and suggest that you join a local meetup. If there isn’t a meetup in your area, organize your own. Just enter the name of your town in the search box, click on “Count me in,” and you’re registered to attend.

Once you’ve RSVP’d, it’s time to step up and get active: Does the page of your local meetup still display “Needs a location”? Then pick one, or use the comment section of your local meetup page to brainstorm with other attendees about the best spot. Local meetup organizers should decide on a place to meet within the next week or two. Any bar or cafe with a little extra room should work, but you may want to check with the owners if you expect many people to attend.

The most important part about organizing a meetup in your local community is getting the word out. Facebook and Twitter can be invaluable tools for this. If you tweet, please use the hashtag #CordCuttersDay and include a link back to your local meetup page. Also, if you’re organizing a meetup, please drop us a note (email to cordcutters [at] gigaom.com), and we’ll include the event in future posts.

And a final note: These community-organized meetups are not official GigaOM events. That means that it’s up to you to make them happen — but it’s also an opportunity to connect to people just like you who have taken the step or who are ready to cut the cord.

We think that cord cutters can learn a lot from each other, and we are tired of hearing that we are all just a myth or hype. So let’s come out on April 26, and celebrate Cord Cutters Day!

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