With meetup.com's new settings (currently set as of January 2017), your activities are public information to anyone with access to the internet. So if you are going on a hike with just a few people, or opening up your home for a meetup (e.g., for professional networking, hobbies or a children's playdate), the title of your event, date, time, and how many people are going are available to anyone in the public searching on meetup.com, not just your members. To post a meetup event, you are required to post a title, date and time. If the title includes the location, then predators will know where to go and when--which is not good if you are a small group, or have kids, or will go into remote areas (e.g. for hiking), or will be in a private home (which is never a good idea with strangers in any case). If you omit the location from the title, predators can still see an easy target, request to join, and once joined, can find out the location of the meetup. Meetup.com is about meeting up with people, including those you don't know (for recreation, professional purposes, etc.) In the past, you can limit your risk by providing meetup information to just your members, but now you are exposed to an unlimited number of people on the internet. I've contacted Meetup Headquarters, and they refused to change the settings so that your event information can be kept private because they want others to know your group's activity so they can join if interested. In other words, they want more people to join meetup groups. The bigger the group, the more sponsors it might get (and therefore perhaps more money goes to Meetup). But sponsors BEWARE. Most members of a meetup group are INACTIVE--they don't even visit the group's website anymore. Here's how sponsors can verify this. Request to join membership of a meetup group. Once a member, click on "members" and click on "last visited". You will then see how many people have visited the website in the last couple days, weeks, months, and year. The bigger the group, the more INACTIVE members there are. Therefore know that the number of membership is meaningless before you pour money or freebies into the group. As for security, Facebook Group is free (unlike Meetup, which charges organizers), and so far, you can keep your group information private with them. I'm moving my group to Facebook Group, and hope others heed my warning about meetup.com. Check out horror stories about Craigslist.com to know the types of crimes that can happen. I've written to Meetup Headquarters about this danger, and they refuse to allow people to keep meetup information completely private. Having been put on notice about the dangers means that's negligence, or recklessness, for which they can be sued if something should happen. PLEASE don't use meetup.com for children's events, or to go into remote areas, or to go into a private home for an event.
Very happily running 2 musical jam groups until they suddenly eliminated file uploading on 1/4/2017. Now we can't share song charts and recordings which is a huge setback. They say it's to allow them to improve the site in other ways, but that's just marketing BS. Keep this in mind before you sign up.
How else am I supposed to let people know my group exists if I am unable to PM them? Also, Facebook groups cost $0 and are just as good with the right people, so yeah I am not paying a web hosting fee just for a meetup group. Not when I can get a way better deal on Facebook or heck even on a full-fledged website I can use for everything I want.
there are many meet ups that for all sorts of things from meeting new friends to depression groups. meeting people is so hard these days weather dating or just finding like minded people you get along with. meet ups allows you to go alone to a meet up and make new friends with no stress and if you are single and looking then at lest you can meet someone in a relaxed stress free environment and meet people face to face. this is a good thing why they are caning dating meet ups is beyond me at least you do not talk to someone for a month and get asked for money and find out the pension is fake and in Nigeria. worst case if you do not like the people at a meet leave and find another meet up with people you do get along with.
First what needs to be understood is the business model of Meet Up. Most of their revenue is gained from collecting information on the interests of it's members. This is quality data that is based on only on what members state what their interests are but also what they do with those interests. Secondary revenue is gained from subscription fees of site organizers and reselling of events of interest to third parties
Meet Up can be bad to great for regular members. it costs nothing and they are able to find groups of interest.
For organizers it can be a grind. The groups are entirely public and you cannot make them private regardless of the fees paid. You are exposed to the mass of humans and all the negatives (and positives) that come along. This tends to create a lot of work for organizers. The overall quality of the web interfaces is excellent and that is the primary factor I have used to host on Meet Up rather then the alternatives. If you want an audience, you will get one.
If as an organizer, you intend to run a business from Meet Up, that can work. The basics are in place, but it does not feature any association with accounting or other business tools. You had better know what you are doing before creating a Meet Up group. Liability also seems to be a major factor.
All should understand that Meet Up is wild west. You will encounter both the worst and best of people as members and organizers.. The worst of them can change their identify, profile, avatar, and behave badly. Organizers can start groups for which they have zero expertise, yet Meet Up tends to lend the appearance of expertise.
The bottom line for all is buyer beware. It can be good to great as long as you understand the clear benefits and pitfalls.
....but Meetup did just that.
This is probably the worst upgrade in the history of app development.
I don't even know where to start.......it sux big time.
- Try to upload multiple photos... omg, sux. No option for multiple selection.
- Join a scheduled meeting, and it can enter an appt in google calendar... great!
- If that meetup changes dates or times... forget about it updating. Lol.
We pay $ for this?
I'm not sure what the company was trying to accomplish with its September update but from nearly all of the reviews, it clearly didn't work. A reply from the company is in order. Terrible update.
There seem to be a lot of groups which cater for the interests of 'ethnic minorities'. The clue is often in the title of the group. Persons from other ethnic groups may well find themselves not welcome. And if you attempted to set up a group that excluded various ethnic minorities you might have a problem. And by that token, Meetup should not be tolerant of the former.
Meetup updated their policy regarding singles groups and began closing groups, namely those associated with speeddating/dating event services. Even if the organizer made the changes requested by Support, they still lost their groups. Support has been made aware of dozens and dozens of groups in my area that are connected to or promoting dating service events. Support has been given proof the events are organized by dating services. Those groups are still active. They're applying the new policy arbitrarily. If you complain or in any way vocal about their questionable business practices, they close your group to shut you up. There is no consistency in their support and communication. I spoke with three different support reps to try and save my groups and received three different sets of instructions. All complaints fall on deaf ears. They know they are the only platform with such an expansive and know many businesses use Meetup to promote their services. Because of this, they know these organizers won't leave the site. That's why they're so arrogant and show such little concern for customer complaints. Take the awful new app as an example. RSVPs and new memberships have dropped because of the horrible design and limited functionality. Their search function for members to find groups is useless, as it pulls up the same groups month after month after month after year after year. New groups have no chance to grow because their groups are buried by these ancient groups with a mostly dead membership or by social groups run by club promoters who clutter 50-75 groups calendars with the exact same events. This, too, has been pointed out to Meetup and they've done nothing. Most of the organizers in my city who organize singles or social groups don't even organize events, they just promote other people's events. It's become impossible to get 20 people to an event without sending near daily emails or posting the event across 10 or 15 groups.Many people join Meetup thinking it's a service designed to organize free events. The end result is that Meetup attracts a slew of socially awkward, unemployed/cheap bottom feeders. Ever since I uploaded a photo to my Organizer profile i've been inundated with OKCupid-type sleazy messages from men. Oh, I've reported that to Meetup, too. "Block and report them!" No kidding. How about you step in and tell these creeps to stop harassing women? One male organizer threatened me and I reported that to Meetup. They said they couldn't do anything because the threat came via text and not Meetup. Meetup Administration does not care about female member's safety.
The latest version of the app is horrid, clunky, and hard to navigate. Also, the redesign of the app icon/logo looks more like a Strawberry Shortcake design than a meetup site. The whole thing feels like little thought was put in other than to just change it - not improve it.
The new app is horrible, confusing, can't post a meetup from my phone, have to go find a computer. I know many, many people who have emailed them to tell then that their app sucks, but they are just ignoring everyone. They know they're the only game in town, so they do whatever the heck they want to. Eventually, they won't be however, and everyone will flee their site immediately!! I heard they are going to load the new version on-line as well. If they change the computer access to look like the app, I'm going to stop being an organizer and drop out of meetup. I'll just use Facebook to create invites to all the people I met on meetup, and abandon meetup until someone else comes along who does a better job of listening to their customers.
I hated the latest version of Meetup (v. 6). It lost so much useful functionality.
Luckily, I had an old (before the Meetup update) iTunes back up of my iPhone, and was able to restore the prior version of Meetup from that back up.
This YouTube video showed me how:
The old calendar that allowed you to scroll through all the events by day and time was WAY better. Hate the new app.
I second that the new Meetup site is horrible and it sucks I need to put the old one back
The new Meetup Site is awful... confusing & frustrating.. the old site was great. Easy to use & the calendar was so much more functionable ...
Upgrade is really a downgrade!!!!!
The new upgrade is really a huge downgrade! The site is extremely hard to navigate, the design is crappy and distracting, and above all else-- they removed the calendar view for looking at your events! Now your stuck scrolling and searching for events. It's extremely time-consuming and I am very disappointed in this company :-(
Guys to gals ratio super unbalanced. Can be as bad as 20:1
Organizer simply does not care. Only concern about profit making; the more the merrier. Feedback from some gals they are targeted and disturbed by organizer (male). The whole thing feels like a scam -> organizer use this entirely to his own benefit. That is, to get both gals and income AT THE SAME TIME. The RSVP list also seems to be faked up.
Avoid, avoid and Avoid!..............................................
Enter at your own risk!
If you simply has nothing better to do
I used to use meetup to find new events and new groups and new things to do on a daily basis.
I would just browse the calendar for that day oe the upcoming days and find new and interesting things to do and groups to join.
Now i cant even navigate the app and they took away the BEST part of meetup...THE CALENDAR!
It looks like a pinterest board now. I hate it!
Hope th3se messages reach the owners and they acually do something about it
Is Meetup insane? What twisted logic causes an internet company to create and enforce such hostile policy against paying customers?
On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 11:58 AM, Meetup HQ <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
We are writing about your Meetup group, Makers of Phoenix, because we noticed you are hosting online events. Meetup is committed to bringing people together in real life to do what matters most to them. Thats why Meetup groups that are primarily about online interactions are not permitted.
In order to comply with our policies, more than half of your groups Meetups should be local, in-person events. You may host a webinar or online discussion as long as, overall, at least 50% of your Meetups are in-person.
Please review your upcoming Meetups and make sure at least half are in-person. If necessary, remove online Meetups or add in-person Meetups. If you cancel any upcoming Meetups, please issue refunds to members who paid you. You do not need to alter past Meetups.
In 2 weeks, we will review your group again. If your Meetup continues to focus on online interactions instead of in-person activities, it will be closed.
Please see our Help Center information on these recent policy updates. You can also read our Community Guidelines. We reserve the right to remove groups at our own discretion per our Terms of Service.
Thank you for your commitment to Meetup.
It is so bad, a review more than 1 sentence would be waste of time. Total fail!
I have been an assistant organizer for 3 years and loved the old app. Why did they change it and not ask the organizers of one of the best meetups in the San Francisco East Bay what we thought of the app and gained feedback before they went live with it? It's not user friendly, you can't find comments and the pictures are so small you can't tell who is who. Go back to the old app PLEASE!!!!
I have used Meetup.com for five years in Nov 2016. They have been a problem ever since I started using them, and the app they just pushed out in Sept 16 has taken a bad situation to worse.The only thing this company will understand is falling revenue. They do not even have a contact us button on their main web page. The new logo is more like a blood splatter from a murderer. Be smarter use Facebook or Socigroups. Meetup just sucks.
They actually PAID somebody to redesign their site???? Must be a third grader; it's total crap. Boring and very time consuming. I used to go there quite a lot. It's too boring now.
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