Dean using the Web

Dave Winer continues his foray into political blogging by asserting that Howard Dean doesn't use the web very well: "The first candidate that helps voters publish their own stories and ideas and drive the campaign is the one who really captures the energy of the Web....I want a candidate to use the Web to listen" (empahsis in original).

Dean certainly isn't using the web as well as he could (who is?) but what Winer says here isn't totally right. The Dean campaign has hired the lead programmer of the DeanSpace project which uses RSS syndication to allow supporters to create interlinked blog communities (you can see a sample site at Seniors4Dean).

Furthermore, a lot of the good ideas in the Dean campaign have come directly from the commenters on his weblog. They are listening.