New Feature: Find the best Meetups for you
Announcing a new way to discover a whole world of Meetups, whether for your tried and true favorite hobby or your yet-undiscovered passion.
It’s now super easy to…
- Try something totally new by browsing categories
- See what’s happening this week, or on any date you choose
- Discover which Meetups are the most active in your town
Give it a spin now to discover the best Meetups for you.
New feature: Set end times and durations for your Meetups
Many Organizers have specific start and end times for their Meetups. Now you can set end times and durations in the details for your Meetup, so members can see how long it will last.
Watch this short demonstration on how the new feature works. And as always, check out the Help section for a little extra guidance.
Kathryn is on Meetup’s Community team.
New feature: Your Meetup in your language
We’re excited to announce that you and other Meetup members and Organizers can now communicate with each other on the Meetup site in whatever language you choose.
Meetup’s 10 million members represent an astounding array of cultures, but until today, you could only type in a limited number of languages and alphabets. Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hindi—we now support just about any alphabet.
Making Meetups more accessible to more people is what this is all about, but we think it will make things more beautiful too.
Kathryn is on Meetup’s Community team
Meetup コミュニティチーム: キャサリン
The Meetup HQ blog gets spruced up and snazzified
There is nothing wrong with your computer or mobile device. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. You are entering… the new Meetup HQ blog!
And if perusing all this awesomeness gets you as excited as it gets us, then join in the fun! Hop over here to share your own Meetup photos, memories or advice with other readers.
You are about to participate in a great adventure…
New and improved email settings management
We are excited to announce a new, streamlined Email Settings page for managing your Meetup email and communications options.
You’re now able to opt in and out of different sorts of emails for each of your Meetup Groups from one Email settings page, instead of hopping to each Meetup Group individually:
Suggested Meetups on your member calendar
We just made it even easier to discover new Meetups. The member calendar on your home page now features Suggested Meetups based upon your interests and location:
Suggested Meetups are public events and will appear alongside Meetups from your current Group memberships. They are listed as ‘Suggested’ so you can easily gauge whether you can attend. Click ‘RSVP’ to be directed to the Suggested Meetup’s details, where you can RSVP and join the Group in one simple step. To enable or disable suggestions, simply toggle the switch at the top of your calendar to ‘on’ or ‘off’.
There are so many fantastic things happening in your neighborhood! The perfect Meetup for you might already be suggested on your calendar. Find out over here.
All Meetup Groups now have the new look!
I’m pleased to announce that today we’ve wrapped up a long and extensive process of evolving Meetup Group home pages and event pages to better reflect the vibrancy of Meetup Groups and their Meetups.
This all started back in the winter with feedback and research from the Meetup community. In June, we unveiled a new look for Meetup Group home pages and invited Organizers and members to try it out and send us their feedback.
Over the past three months, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Organizers and members sent in tons of feedback, and we made further updates to the new look based on what we saw and heard.
We also monitored how the changes impacted the Meetup community. In August, we were happy to report that Meetups with the new home page layout were attracting more members than Meetup Groups that had not made the switch.
As of today, all Meetup Groups are now on the new layout.
Building a community from scratch is hard and sometimes thankless work. As a Meetup Organizer, I know that it is also incredibly rewarding. We are a small team here at Meetup HQ and we are inspired by the thousands of Meetups happening every month.
We invite you to keep providing feedback on how we can help make your Meetups even more successful and we will continue to do everything in our power to make them better and more rewarding. If you have feedback on these changes that you would like to share, you will find a contact form on your Meetup Group home page for the upcoming week where you can easily reach us. You can also find us through the Community Team’s Help and Resources section or on Meetup’s UserVoice.
P.S. A full timeline of this process is available here, and you can check out the full list of updates that have been introduced.
Learn more about Meetup attendees
Now, when you’re looking at an upcoming or past Meetup, you can easily learn more about the attendees!
From any upcoming or past Meetup page, simply hover over any member in the attendee list. A box will appear with information about that particular member, pulled from that member’s profile in the Meetup Group. To learn more, you can always click the member’s name or photo to visit his or her full member profile page.
Updates to Meetup announcements
We’ve made some changes to how Organizers are able to announce newly created Meetups to their Meetup Group’s members.
First, you’ll notice that once you schedule a new Meetup, you are shown a dialog box. This dialog box allows you to easily send your Meetup Group members an email to notify them of the new Meetup. Organizers can include a custom message in the email. Here’s how it looks:
If you don’t want to announce the new Meetup right away, you can come back to it later. The ‘Announce Meetup’ button will stay on the page with the Meetup’s details until the Meetup is announced. Here’s how the prompt to announce a Meetup looks:
We’ve also updated the email template for the announcement email itself.
Now, Meetup announcements from Organizers will have the same look as many of the other emails we send out. Here’s an example of an announcement email, complete with a custom message from the Meetup’s Organizer:
Invite your friends to Meetups
Going to a Meetup alone for the first time can be intimidating. And even if you’ve been to dozens of Meetups, you probably know someone who might enjoy attending a Meetup with you. Now when you RSVP Yes for a Meetup, you can quickly search for and invite individual Facebook friends to join you at the Meetup!
Here’s how it works:
Once you’ve RSVPed for a Meetup, you’ll see a confirmation page. Towards the bottom, you’ll see the option to invite friends from Facebook to join you at the Meetup:
Once you’ve connected your Facebook account with your Meetup account, the confirmation page will pop up a random selection of your Facebook friends.
Beneath each friend, there’s a button to ‘Invite’ that friend to join you at the Meetup. You can scroll through all of your friends by clicking ‘More friends’ in the bottom right:
Or, you can search for a specific friend by typing his or her name in the search box:
Clicking ‘Invite’ beneath your friend’s photo posts an invitation to your friend’s Facebook wall. For public Meetup Groups, the wall post looks like this:
The post lists the Meetup Group and the specific Meetup’s details, and links your friend to the page with that specific event’s details.
If you invite a friend to a Meetup in a private Meetup Group, the wall post looks pretty similar, but doesn’t include specific details about the event. Instead, wall posts created by inviting your friends to a private Meetup Group link to the Meetup Group’s home page, and includes a bit of that Meetup Group’s public description.
Tegan is on Meetup’s Community team.