Hardly a day goes by when I am not amazed by something I stumble across in the digital world. Less common is coming across a means of linking the digital and physical worlds. One of the shortfalls of social networking, is meeting people ‘digitally’ but not always ‘physically.’ Wouldn’t it be nice to have the means to do so?
It seems I may have been ‘living in a tent’ because whilst researching another story I stumbled upon a website called ‘meetup.com’, or should I say, it discovered me. Meetup claims to be the world's largest network of local groups. Its ‘modus operandi’ is to make it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. In fact, the site claims that more than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
Meetup's ‘mission' is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize and believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference. Noble thoughts indeed, yet despite the idealist intro the site is really quite amazing.
Simply entering meetup.com introduces you not to the 9,000 groups all around the world, just those in your reasproximity. My window opened up groups that meet regularly with diverse interests and names including International Vocal Artists, E-Learners, Spanish Club, InterCultural Dining, Health & Fitness, Dog Lovers, Mobile Web Development, iOS, Shutterbugs, Young Indians Club, Tango for Complete Beginners and even a Naturist group! And this is to name just a few.
Forget Tweetups, this is all about meeting people with exactly the same interests you have. It’s brilliant in its simplicity and obviously very popular. No more excuses to sit at home and Facebook your life away, get out and meet some real people for a change. Now, let me see, where do I start? There must be a ‘Silly Old Farts’ group close by, surely?