Whether you’re new to the area or you’ve lived in the same place all your life, chances are you don’t know everyone in town. If you do, well then it’s time to get out there and meet new people anyway. Meeting new people may seem fun or scary, but tech can make it easier for you to meet new people.
Meetup is an organization designed to get people together. They want to use the Internet to get people off of the Internet and meeting in person. About 9,000 Meetup groups get together each day, with a total of over 112,000 groups in 129 different countries.
Meetup can help you find people in your area who have common interests with you. Through Meetup you can find Meetup groups that meet regularly for all sorts of activities. In addition to meeting new people, you might find new favorite places. Meetups often occur at interesting local places you might not have discovered otherwise.
Here’s a video showing people’s reactions to attending their first Meetup:
The website is free to join and free of advertising, though Meetup groups may charge dues. If you want to organize meetings, you can become a paid member of Meetup for $12/month.
Ideas for Meetup Groups
Meetup groups get together with all different interests: personal, professional, political, religious, financial, and many others. Meetup allows groups based on any interest except those based on hate or crime.
You may find a group based on your stage in life – moms, dads, singles, newly divorced, working moms, etc. Or you may find a Meetup group based on activites such as hiking, biking, reading, tech, blogging, photography, fitness, cooking, adventure, movies, gaming, or volunteering.
- Singles in New York City might enjoy Silly Date, a group dedicated to getting fun-loving single people together to let loose and release their inner child.
- Theatre goers in London can get together at Up in the cheap seats – enjoying London theatre.
- Philly folks may enjoy Philadelphia Area Great Careers Group Meetups.
- Australian photographers can join Sydney Photo Fun.
- California dog lovers might enjoy the San Diego Golden Retrievers Group.
- Find yourself in Japan? Don’t miss Tokyo Spontaneous Hangout Meetup Group.
- New Jersey Dancers can check out Let’s Dance Jersey.
- Texans can get together at Houston Single Professionals 30’s – 50’s.
You’re bound to find a Meetup group with your interest in your area. If not, you can start one!
Meetup groups often have community bulletin boards where members can post information. Members can post follow-up information after a meeting or helpful hints about a meeting location. Job listings can be posted on Meetup bulletin boards.
You can also use Meetup to network. If you’re trying to break into a new field or want to meet people in your profession, try to find a local Meetup group in your area of expertise. Often groups meet monthly so you can start to develop friendships with people in your industry outside your company. Meeting people face-to-face may open up new opportunities for your career.
Getting started with Meetup is easy. You sign up using either Facebook or your email address. You can search for Meetup groups by your geographic location. You can indicate on a sliding scale how far you’re willing to travel to join a Meetup group, from two miles to global (interplanetary Meetups don’t seem to be available yet). If you’re headed out of town on a vacation or business trip, you can look for a Meetup group at your destination.
You can also search for Meetup groups by your areas of interest or by the calendar to find Meetups occurring on a particular date.
When you find a Meetup you’d like to join, click on the link and head to the home page of the group to find out more information. Some groups require you to contact the leader to find out more about the group, others have their information available to all Meetup members.
Find out when and where the next Meetup is being held and RSVP to the event. Show up and introduce yourself. Have fun!
If you’re looking to pursue your interests, meet like-minded people, network, and/or discover new friends, check out Meetup and expand your horizons!
Have you ever been to a Meetup? What type of groups would appeal to you? Do you like the idea of meeting new people? Let us know in the Comments section below!