The Internet Makes You Social
Around 8 p.m. on a recent Monday, about 35 people of disparate ages were sitting on the marble steps of the public atrium inside Two World Financial Center, listening to a 25-year-old in baggy jeans named Jordan Phoenix talk about Living. “This is the class where we figure out who we are and what we want to do with our lives,” he told his audience, a range of artists and professionals, employed and unemployed, 20-somethings and middle-aged divorcees who, like me, were drawn in by Mr. Phoenix’s aggressive pitch on the website Meetup.com.
As the post had put it: “This group is for you if you know you are capable of greatness, but are unclear and frustrated about how to get there.” The group, “Start Living in 2012,” had picked up more than 100 members in three days, which made it a very fast-growing meetup group indeed.
“I love that everyone here showed up,” Mr. Phoenix said. “Sixty-eight people RSVP’ed. Thirty people didn’t show up. Guess what? They’re not invited to the next meetup, because they’re bullshit artists.”
I had no intention of going to the next meetup. As much as I want to start living in 2012, I was merely a tourist.
User made decided to turn this short film into a meetup advert.
Meetup.com – “Robot” from Eric B. Shanks on Vimeo.
Meetup.com launched a drastic and much-hyped redesign last week, and as with many sites that serve an extremely dedicated group of users, some Meetup power users were pissed off. And they were loud about it.
The major changes affected the way Meetup pages look and made it possible for non-organizers to schedule Read More
One site redesign and a few thousands angry comments later, Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman has finally issued a public response.
The big news for angry organizers who wanted their old site back is that Meetup is listening to users and will be making changes to the redesign.
“Over the weekend, our team Read More
UPDATE: Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman Responds >>
Any time a popular web service undergoes a major redesign, there is a loud and angry response from unhappy users who liked the old version better.
Often a small but vocal minority can make a big stink. It’s the power user paradox. The folks who do the most Read More
Meetup.com is announcing something big next week.
They’re calling it “New Meetup,” and more than 1,000 people have RSVP’ed to a secretive event at Irving Plaza.
The coming of “New Meetup” means the site you see today could soon be referred to as “Old Meetup.”
And Meetup is old—about nine years Read More
Change is coming to Meetup.com.
The site, founded by Scott Heiferman in 2002, is not as sexy as Foursquare or as hyped-up as Twitter. But Meetup was a social network before social networks were cool, and it’s still going strong—which is more than a lot of proto-social networks can say.
In fact, Read More