Continuing the thread of digital tools that help you meet in the analog world, this week let's take a look at Meetup.com. Similar in some ways to the event organizing software Eventbrite, Meetup.com is for, well, organizing a meet-up.
Meetup.com focuses on the social nature of groups as it's main organizing feature. Instead of focusing on one-off events, Meetup is designed to help you manage a face-to-face community that will get together more than once.
Typically, Meetup groups are organized around a specific topic or cause: software user groups, book clubs, hiking clubs, foreign language groups, and so on. If people are going to spend actual face-to-face time they like to know what the purpose is.