I’ll be frank, I have very opinionated feelings about Meetup.com
. I don’t have a specific personal negative incident that impacts my evolving perspective.
In general my dealings with them have been pretty normal. I would describe my longterm experience with Meetup.com
as initially a little quirky but ultimately a helpful tool, to my current growing concerns about its long term sustainability and possible conflicts of interest.
In short, I think the world needs a better Meetup.com
alternative. I would love to be involved in the construction of such an alternative but for now I instead am focusing my efforts on helping the group organizers more directly.
With all that said, here are some pros and cons regarding using the Meetup.com
* Very helpful at getting new people to find your group.
* Usable toolset for building a regular calendar or RSVP-able events.
* Some of the new people you attract through Meetup.com
will be a poor match for your group.
* While usable, some find the toolset limiting past a certain scale.
* Some might consider the toolset pricy.
* You do not own your own group.
* You can’t have your own domain.
* You don’t really own your data.
* If you step down / stop paying, the group is handed to another.
* You don’t have access to your member’s contact info.
* Concerns about longterm services with regard to new corporate owners and their interests vs the groups interests.