August 27, 2010

Meetup – Connect With Likeminded People

Looking for a way to meet new people in your community? Interested in finding a group of guys and girls just as obsessed with Star Wars or French cuisine as yourself? Meetup is a website that can help you do that. The online community connects people in 45,000 cities across the world and helps them creating real-life “meetups” where they can get to know each other and discuss their common interests. The site helps facilitate more than 250,000 monthly meetups at the current time, and actively encourages users to create new local groups centered on whatever topic they wish.

Getting started with Meetup is as simple as typing in a topic or interest and your current location. When you type in an interest like running along with your zip code, you’ll see a list of all the running groups in your local area. You can filter this list by distance, number of members, when the group was created, or view only the groups with upcoming meetups. When you find a group that looks fun, click on the name and check out the group site. You can find out information about the next upcoming event, and then RSVP to attend by entering your name and email address on the right-hand side of the page. To get insight on what you should expect at the meetup, scroll down to the bottom of the group page and chat with other members in the group forum.

If you can’t find the group you’re looking for in your local area, then Meetup offers the ability to create your own. Anyone with an account can create and organize their own Meetup group for as little as $12 a month. The site also allows groups to remain private, which can be a benefit to certain social clubs that want to use the site to organize upcoming group meetings and events. Meetup is a fantastic application for anyone who has ever wanted to get out of his or her comfort zone and make new friends.

Practical Uses:

  • Meet people who are as obsessed with Star Trek as you
  • Motivate yourself to begin jogging by joining up with a group
  • Start a book club for women in your neighborhood
  • Get to know new people in town

Insider Tips:

  • Export events from a Meetup group page to your personal calendar
  • “Check in” to events and see who’s there with the Meetup iPhone application
  • Upload photos from previous Meetup events onto the site
  • Share the Meetup events you’re attending with your friends on Twitter and Facebook

What we liked:

  • Meetup has created an easy way to meet likeminded people in your community
  • Get to know people through the site before meeting them in person
  • The iPhone application lets you check in and RSVP to events from your phone
  • Ability to connect with people who are in a similar life situation to yourself

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: January 2002
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: New York, New York
  • Founded by: Greg Whalin, Brendan McGovern, Scott Heiferman, Matt Meeker, and Peter Kamali
  • Web site:


  • Free to use
  • Meetup Group Organizers pay $12/month


  1. Hey, that post leaves me fieelng foolish. Kudos to you!

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