Type of site
|Registration||Required to join a group|
|Available in||English, Spanish, French|
|Launched||June 12, 2002|
|367 (May 2015[update])|
Meetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies. Meetup, Inc. is based in New York City.
Users enter their city or their postal code and tag the topic they want to meet about. The website/app helps them locate a group to arrange a place and time to meet. Topic listings are also available for users who only enter a location.
Meetup receives revenue by charging fees to organizers of groups. Currently US$2.99/month for their basic plan, which includes max. 4 organizers and max. 50 members. The unlimited pricing starts at US$4.99 (6 month upfront) or US$9.99 per month for the unlimited plan.
Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the site's co-founder Scott Heiferman publicly stated in 2011 that the manner in which people in New York City came together in the aftermath of that traumatic event inspired him to use the Internet to make it easier for people to connect with strangers in their community.
Scott Heiferman originally set up Meetup in 2002; it became a political organizing tool for the Howard Dean campaign for group meetings, or "meetups", at coffee shops around NYC and the nation. Following a slow but steady growth and the need to expand once the Dean campaign halted in February 2004, Meetup expanded to include other political organizing activities and eventually[when?] into more general-interest categories.
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