When I joined Meetup in 2008, it was well-done and well-run. I can do code and photography, so I was quickly made an "Assistant Organizer", and life was good for a few years. Then came the "NewMeetup" of 2011, an even-worse "upgrade" in 2013, and the site totally jumped the shark in 2017. Customer service was never very good, but it has become non-existent, and subscription fees keep increasing, while features disappear without notice. All but one of the organizers I met in 2008-2009 have left Meetup, and almost all the newer organizers are business owners who use the site as an advertising platform, for which the subscription fee is a deductible expense. For anyone else, I can't imagine Meetup being of any more use than Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Most of my experience with meetup groups has been good. I admit that I have not joined very many, but I have met some wonderful people and we have shared some fun experiences. Beware of some power-hungry organizers. You should be picky about the groups you join.
We schedule a trip and the organizer cancelled the trip and have not returned our money. We did several meetups in the past and it was fine.
Do not assume that this website will meet the technical needs of your group's operation. For example, its "Discussion box" has a 140 character limit which severely limits discussion and makes it impossible share even a website link within a discussion.
Terrible platform and even worse customer support. On 2 occasions I have made a mistake creating a profile on Meetup.com. Two years ago and then just recently my profile has been blocked and removed under their "suspected spam" when all I was doing was sending a few messages not many and sending to group organizers not members suggesting an event. My profile isn't a company or soliciting anything. Each time I have wasted 2 years building my account only to have it removed and no one in meetup will answer why this happened or assist with recovery. Just no answers to my repeated requests for assistance. I don't think they employ any real humans on the other end of this platform....DON'T waste your time here.
I found it very frustrating to find the right meetup group inside the meetup app. I had the name spelled absolutely correct but still could not find it. Yet google found the meetup group no problem. Suggest Meetup do some work on their search algorithm.
i have attended a number of meetups . The social ones are ok you meet different people the age group can vary some have certain age ranges those that do not tend to attract older members. Good value for money eg £10 for years membership with unlimited walks. The pub is probably the best part of the walk.
over the past 8 years I have had a few meetup accounts to have meditation classes and other similar stuff. In about 2017 everything changed. I think it was when they were bought out by WeWork. Since then the prices have all gone up and the visibility of the group has gone down. First they highly suggested we charge, and we tried it and lost about 70% of our followers, we then did a purge of participants that never showed up and got it way down to less than 100 (we once had over 1,000 members!) There is no real way to market or advertise or cross mention in any other social media platform. I am disbanding the whole thing this month and will likely go to other social media... I can pay half of what I pay to Meetup and get a far greater reach. I hate that the format was re-tooled to be better for hand held devices and the interface is terrible compared to pre 2017... Change is good, but not all change...
Meetup for Event Hosts is an ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE !!! If I didn't read these reviews I would still be certain someone has hacked my account and is undoing everything I post. GET IT TOGETHER !!! WHAT A WASTE OF TIME !!!!
I used Meetup to meet with other developers to code. This innocent activity works without any issue. But as many people said, there are some issues when you want to do political meetings. Another annoying issue is that I get every meetup 3 times in my Calendar. That is so annoying.
Hi, i am a 24-year-old male, and i finde every one on the group is in there 30's and unwilling to talk that much. just be advised that some of the people you meet with are creeps. i remember one time i wanted to go out for a drink with someone and see if we could be possible friends, he seemed uninterested in what i had to say to him and tried to talk to evrey girl he could see. a red flag came up in my mind, as i was just trying to go out and have some fun, and get drunk, it's harder to do with some creepy guy there trying to flirt with every woman he lays his eyes on. i only would do it if she was interested in me, if not i just talk to other people. I used to go to this volleyball group in new west which i liked alot, but it was ruined when some new person came and decided to do two vs two volleyball, and treat me like $#*!. he literally camped out and hogged the second court alot longer than the 30-minute rule. also, he had his own possy and did not include me in the games.
i am still having a hard time meeting people, as the people that go to the meetup groups just seem like they want to "meet up only, and not make friends." i have had some good experiences from it though, and met some good friends, but still, watch out for the creeps people!
( sorry for the long review guys,)
I have nothing nice to say about Meetup. Let me just give you the #Facts and by stating the facts with Meetup will automatically place in you on their $#*! list bc your words are Conservative. I have created harmonious and enjoyable events and there were ppl who did not RSVP but had the intention to bring their negativity to a sophisticated party. I had reported accts that had vile nudity as their profile pic and Meetup attacked me by banning me instead of solving the issue. Meetup allows bad behavior if the acct appears to be liberal left. I have not brought politics into until now. But Meetup has shown me prejudice bc I hold a higher standard and support those who enjoy class and sophisticated events. This is why when you decide to sign up with Meetup. The members do not attend or engage in discussion bc they are silenced when they have done nothing wrong or never went against these policies. https://help.meetup.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002897532-Usage-and-content-policies-Rules-for-using-Meetup
Meetup claims they are against pedophilia -- but if you post an event against a public figure with ties to pedophilia -- Meetup harasses you, forbids the event, and tries to get you taken off the platform.
Meetup does NOT believe in free speech. They believe in their own perverted pedophilia-friendly agenda, and that's what they want to promote.
I tried to organize a meet-up group and it turned out I couldn't do it. No problem. I cancelled my organizer subscription ($20/month) prior to the renewal for the next month and I was still charged. I then reached out to customer service to get a refund and they denied me. repeatedly. I would avoid working with them at all cost if I were you. They are not honest and their customer service sucks.
I took over a group that was started in 2013. We meet for volleyball and keep an average of 500 members in the Raleigh, NC area. What we get from meetup.com is an app for a couple hundred dollars a year that does just about what Facebook does for free. Honestly, I have been too lazy to move the group...until now.
They are raising their rates, which is not the big deal as much as I tried contacting customer service to learn more about the increase. Meetup customer service is TERRIBLE, and pretty much nonexistent.
So, if you have a couple hundred dollars to burn for nothing more than a posting site, it is stable. We will most likely be moving to Facebook.
I do not recommend. Website is not user friendly. Unable to speak directly with reps to resolve issues.
I am a single woman who is 58 years old. I searched out speed dating in NYC.
This is what I saw;
From Meetup.com: This event is for Men ages 43-58 and Women ages 40-53.
WHY ARE WOMAN REQUIRED TO BE YOUNGER????????? I want answers Meetup!
I am an organizer of a large Meetup group. There is so much instability in the system. I have reported 20-30 problems to them over the last few months but nothing gets done. Their standard response is to clear cache and try again. They do not even try very hard to reproduce problems reported. They keep making cosmetic changes to the look and feel but have not provided any new features in the last 10 years. In fact they keep going backward as far as features are concerned & things that worked before, do not. ABSOLUTELY THE WORST SITE.
It is an unfortunate time in history.
Or perhaps it has always been it just wasn't tweeted about.
When it is not uncommon to be scammed, exploited or in some cases lured to your death or perhaps raped. Sad but true. I have now had the displeasure of being solicited through my partners own meetup. A (will not say gentleman) has used a clever ploy to insinuate himself into meetups by playing the ' little lost and wounded animal ' that no one loves or understands. This ploy is used to achieve what he really is about. Luring unsuspecting people to 'adult photo shoots in the woods for
modeling purposes'. He plays a game of being ostracized by people who misunderstand him, and refers to himself as a 'computer geek' thinking self deprecation will put people into some kind 'awe what a nice guy' mode of thinking. He gives a link literally in the first exchange to an art site called Deviant art. On this site you will see anything from him urinating while covered in mud to women in bondage in what I have come to realize is his fetish, in isolated forested areas. Do I care? NO not really. But, as accepting as I am this is using a feigned facade to do darker things on a public site that was initiated as a liberal place to effect positive change. This man in subsequent conversations brags that he makes thousands of dollars a month selling photos. This man is on the wrong side of town. On meetup's site there is plenty of room to stretch out on a nice comfortable rack or placed in an iron maiden or hanging bound and blindfolded upside down from a tree or......And that place is clearly marked 'Adult.' Predators come in many forms and there are far too many. He also said that he is a member of various fetish sites so why the F is he trolling on a site that is clearly about progression for a better world? It might be conjecture but all the evidence points to someone that is not to be trusted. Meetup has deigned to not address this issue and ironically doesn't even seem to know it's own policy regarding this obvious crossover of intentions. Meetup as anyone can read is rife with dysfunction and in general ineffectual. To end, I strongly suggest that you vette people much like you would in any social circumstance. This guy is the equivalent of someone who 'innocently' yet nefariously orders a pizza and when it arrives 86's the delivery boy/girl. Meetup is a mess and if you start one my heart goes out to you. People have no desire or convictions and much like FB the only people that you will meet and connect with will be out of hundreds 2-3. And they will be in some other county or will not participate. I have started 3 sites. Each one just abysmal and life sucking. 'Buyer' as they say 'beware'. By Meetup's refusal to take this man down they only encourage fellow miscreants to act as they see fit. In further insult to injury this B------d had the gall and arrogance had the b--s to erect his own site taking a shot at my partner's site starting with the words, 'Some people call themselves progressives..Progressive doesn't mean being solicited where it's not invited or warranted. Clearly this clueless a-- didn't get the memo. By Meetup ignoring this they will only proliferate further, others abusing their site for their own selfish and potentially
harmful agendas. If it walks and talks like a predator um, it's a predator.
Peace and positive change,
I've had problems with meetup that were rectified eventually, but this recent one is much more serious. Started a progressive social activist group for volunteer work, protests, etc, and got 9 members pretty quickly. One was a man who started out seeming to be a person aligned with the liberal ideas of the group--environmentally conscious, focused on sustainable living, pro-Bernie Sanders. Then, in the first message, he started telling me how he had no friends that could accept his lifestyle...and directed me to look at his photos on deviant art. Well--he's got pictures of himself naked, covered in mud, peeing in a swamp, bondage photos of women in the woods, tied to giant metal spiderwebs, etc. So--I wanted members. I'm open-minded. I felt sorry for him because he said he had no friends. I told him I didn't judge. In my mind, I thought, yeah, maybe he doesn't know about appropriate boundaries when he first gets to know someone, and I'll let it go. Boy, was I an idiot. For a guy who has no friends, suspiciously enough, in his next message, he starts telling me that he is a member of Fetlife, and the "local fetish club." He also starts telling me that he makes "extreme" porn videos on sells them on Clips4Sale. Says he makes $3000-$6000 a year, but "this is not a sales pitch." Bullsh*t. He was giving a "woe is me" story because no one was interested on attending a "camping trip" he planned--this is code for porn photo shoot--many of his photos are taken out in the woods. I blocked him and reported him to Meetup. Guess what? They did NOTHING!! In fact, he started his own group, and insulted me right there on his intro, calling me a "fascist" for blocking him. Meetup did nothing when I reported that. Didn't even contact me. Another female member of mine who runs a group of 250 people messaged me and said she also had issues with him. Meetup did NOTHING. What are they waiting for? This guy is a predator--he saw that my group was liberal, and assumed that referred to sex, when clearly, we're not about that. Meetup's policy is cut and pasted it below He skirted around the first 2, but he definitely violated the third one. Also, I googled him--he owns a "videography" business and he's advertising for "adventurous" adult actors...basically, he's using meetup to solicit business for his porn business, and they don't care. I REALLY wish I could post his business link so I can prove what I am saying, but it's enough that I already sent to to meetup. They ignored me.
Content and Nudity
Pornography is not allowed on Meetup. Publicly shared photos must be appropriate for general audiences. Nude or sexual photos are not allowed in public spaces.
If nudity or sexuality is part of a Meetup's identity or lifestyle, organizers must keep the group Private in order to limit access to this content to members of that group. Meetup expects leadership teams to monitor this content.
Sex Solicitation and Prostitution
Meetup prohibits groups that, or individuals who, use Meetup to proposition for sex, or to promote or engage in prostitution. For policies on Meetup groups that may contain such content, please see Sexual Interests and Adult Interests and Identities in Meetup Group Policies.
So, this guy continues to go unchecked. My group is clearly NOT in the sexual and adult interests category, and I am not the only person who reported him.
**I revised my one star review because after the disaster that happened in my original review, customer service reached out to me again and made things right--restored my group for me, and agreed to re-announce it next week after the hurricane clean up is over, and people will actually see that the group exists! Much better than the original response I got.
I created a meetup group and unfortunately, it was announced the same day as a mandatory evacuation was issued for the town I live in, in which the meetup group would meet. This was due to Hurricane Florence. Nobody in their right mind would be online signing up for my group or seeing that the group existed when they were busy evacuating their families and pets and boarding up their houses. I kindly asked customer service if they could re-announce my group next week. They said, "NO." And their solution was that I should completely close down my group and start it all over again! They offered me a paltry 15% discount if I were to re-sign up...do you know how long it took me to create my group in the first place?? I had to write the description, my profile/bio, upload photos, schedule events on the calendar, and set all of my privacy options, alert, etc. All I asked for was a simple re-announcement of the group. I paid for a 6-month subscription. Customer service was unreasonable and intractable. Because of this, they lost a customer. I will NEVER use their service again. Below is the answer I received from them. Courteous, yes, but ineffective.
From: Irina (Meetup Community Team) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 6:32 AM
To: Nova Waite
Subject: [Meetup] Re: my new meetup was announced during a mandatory evacuation
##- Please type your reply above this line -##
Your request (170757) has been updated. To add additional comments, reply to this email.
Sep 13, 6:32 AM EDT
Irina from Meetup here. I'm so glad you reached out about this. I can't imagine what you're going through right now, but I hope you and your loved ones are safe.
I definitely know how important it is for your group to be announced at the right time, but I'm afraid that we're only able to announce a group once. For this reason, the best thing to do is to close the group and restart a new one when you're ready.
Here are the instructions to close your Meetup group.
Here are the instructions to start a new Meetup group. Make sure to copy and save all of the details you've worked on, so that you don't have to start from scratch.
Additionally, with your confirmation - I can expire your organizer subscription and issue you a full refund. Then, when you're ready to start your new Meetup group, you can restart your subscription as well. This way, your new subscription will reflect the dates that you're actually able to organize events.
I acknowledge that this is inconvenient, as you've already put in so much effort into creating your Meetup. For this reason, I'd be more than happy to attach a 15% discount to your account.
If there's anything else that I can do to support you during this time, please don't hesitate to let me know. I'm here for you.
Community Support Specialist
P.S. If you have a moment, would you mind rating my service? I'd really appreciate it! Thank you.
When I moved, I had no friends my age. It is difficult to find friends ages 50+. I joined a meetup group for people that are 50+ and have made some fantastic friends - couples and singles. We are all encouraged to host events that we ourselves are interested in. We all chip in voluntarily to pay the annual cost to have the meetup group. Perhaps my experience is unique, but I hope not. I encourage anyone seeking to get out of the house and enjoy time with others to join a meetup group. You may be a stranger the first time, but that won't last very long. Love my friends that I met through Meetup. Glad there is a Meetup.com.
I have been a member and also an organizer of several meetups. I was hoping to make some new friends. What a waste of time for the most part. Anyone who is "normal" already has friends and meetup is good for a fill in when they are bored. Then there are the Debbie downers and negative Nancy's who want to use the organizer and other members as their personal psychotherapist. Listening to other people's problems and health issues are not my idea of a good time.. I have my own problems. Lastly you have the members who think the organizer is their private cruise director or court jester. Put on the earth to entertain them. The biggest joke of all is that the gets to pay $14.99 a month to do this, plan and execute all events, and then actually get reviewed! Imagine a completely volunteer position where people can actually rate you on a 1-5 star basis! Talk about insanity. I deleted my account and swear to never return.
They lied: first they said they sent me an email regarding my speed dating event. That was a lie, they never sent it, second: they allow speed dating events now. SO they targetted my singles group for no reason.
As a group organiser, I can honestly say that I agree with all the experience's listed here.
The same thing happened to me just like the rest of the reviews. Absolutely ridiculous!!
I'd been looking for a group to join, any group that I had something in common with. One group was NYC Fibroids Meetup. Well this was over 3 years ago, and I'm still pending, whatever that means. I then found our Meetup was acquired by WeWork. What a company that deals in spaces for rent has to do with an online group such as Meetup I'll never know. The organizer of the group never responded. I came to the realization they were exclusive
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All Meetup has now is a database of names and a reasonably efficient way of routing new members to your group. But the tools for organizers are wretched and, by design, have gotten worse. This is the only company I've ever seen that doesn't care what the application users, in particular the organizers, want and need. The list of bad changes is very long--and they don't give a damn. And to add insult to injury, they are inept at application development and coding. They pushed out what might be laughably called alpha code and then scrambled to fix issues, saying "it was a work in progress." A major software release should not be a work in progress. Without comment, they remove functionality. For instance, when asked why they removed the ability to post a note on the calendar, their answer was that "only 3% use the feature. So what--now only 3% are pissed? leaving the feature cost them nothing. I evaluated software from Microsoft and others for a living. Meetup by far is the worst I have ever seen. The "show runners" should be fired and given bad recommendations. And when a competitor comes along that is competent and cares about its users, Meetup will disappear and we'll all celebrate. The organizers en masse don't just dislike the app, they dislike the folks responsible for the mess that Meetup has created.
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The only way to contact them is email@example.com and they only answer your questions when it's convenient for them. I am an organizer and have sent them several emails over the past month and I've received only 2 responses. The rest of the issues have not been address and I am still waiting on a reply.
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Most complaints about organizers have to deal with disagreements about how things should be run. If you don't like the organizer or how they run the show, find another Meetup. I have been a successful organizer for many years and there are personalities I just don't gel with. I look at the numbers in my group and listen to feedback and know it is not always me.
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