Meetup (website)

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Meetup
Meetup Logo.png
Screenshot
Meetup website screenshot.png
Type of site
Membership software
Available in English-default, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Dutch, Thai, and Turkish
Owner WeWork
Website meetup.com
Alexa rank 917Decrease on June 6, 2018[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Required to join a group
Launched June 12, 2002; 16 years ago (2002-06-12)[2]

Meetup operates as a website providing membership software, allowing its users to schedule events using a common platform.

History[edit]

Launched on June 12, 2002, Meetup became an organizing tool for a variety of interests including hobbies, drinking, sports and gaming. Dating and most singles groups are prohibited.[3]

Among the first users of Meetup were virtual communities such as BookCrossing, Slashdot, and LiveJournal.[4] Currently, the average size of a gathering is 10,[5] and the largest category of users are moms arranging field trips and playdates.[6][7]

In November 2017, after years of declining usage,[8][9][10][11][12][13] Meetup was sold to WeWork.[14] Meetup's staff was reduced by 10% after the sale.[15][16][17][18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meetup.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved June 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ Jeffries, Adrianne (January 21, 2011). "The Long and Curious History of Meetup.com". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Meetup Group Policies: Standards for Meetup Groups". Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  4. ^ David Teten, Scott Allen (2005). Virtual Handskake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online. AMACON Div American Mgmt Assn. p. 91. 
  5. ^ "The Importance of Meetingful Networking". Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  6. ^ Sarah Perez. "Meetup.com makes its first acquisition with Dispatch, will roll out improved messaging". Archived from the original on 20 December 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  7. ^ Heiferman, Scott (2009-09-05). "Scott Heiferman of Meetup: The Pursuit of Community". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  8. ^ "Graph of declining usage, for more years' worth of decline look to the infobox". Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Meetup.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Meetup.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Meetup.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Meetup.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Archived from the original on June 29, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Alexa history per Infobox". Retrieved June 7, 2018. 
  14. ^ Leswing, Kif (28 November 2017). "$20 billion startup WeWork continues its shopping spree with $200 million for Meetup". BusinessInsider. The price for Meetup was about $200 million, Axios reported , although terms of the deal were not announced. Meetup had raised $18 million in venture funding from blue-chip firms including DFJ, Union Square Ventures, and Allen & Co.” 
  15. ^ Kate Confer. "The Mess at Meetup". Retrieved February 23, 2018. 
  16. ^ Gerrit De Vynck. "WeWork Buys Meetup to Bring People Together Outside of Work". Archived from the original on December 17, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2018. 
  17. ^ Lara O'Keefe. "We Work Acquires Social Networking Platform Meetup". Bisnow. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  18. ^ Gabriela Barkho (27 November 2017). "WeWork To Acquire Meetup". Crunchbase. Retrieved 13 February 2018. 

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