You may be interested in Meetup or already be a member, but you may also be wondering if there are other websites or apps out there that may better meet your get-together needs. If that’s the case, then look no further. Here at TechBoomers, we’ve compiled a list of sites like Meetup for you, so you can see exactly what the alternatives to Meetup are, how Meetup’s competition differs, and what these websites like Meetup may have to offer you.
Eventbrite is a social platform used for hosting and registering for events, and is one of the most popular Meetup alternatives. In a few simple steps, you can create an event, set up seating and ticket pricing, and then put the word out using social media to draw a crowd. Users can also register for events, using Eventbrite’s search engine to find events close to them, of a specific type, or within their budget. Though Eventbrite isn’t necessarily intended for regular group meetings, it can still bring people together with similar interests. It also makes it easy to sell tickets and keep track of fees, all online.
To learn more about Eventbrite, check out our course on Eventbrite.
Groupspaces is an alternative to Meetup which functions as a group-coordination and event-planning website. You can create a group, post online membership forms, and collect membership dues from group members. You can easily create email lists and manage your subscriptions, and archive everything from your group meetings online. Groupspaces makes it easy to create events and synchronize them with your calendar and Facebook events. You can even sell tickets to your event online.
Smacktive is an app for Google Android and Apple iOS devices that is very similar to Meetup. It lets you post about the activities you like to do and when you want to do them, and then connects you with other users in your area who would be interested in doing those activities with you. Whereas Meetup is more focused on planned group meetings, Smacktive is likely to help you quickly get people together when you have a sudden urge to do an activity with other people.
MEETin, like Meetup, is a website that was created with the purpose of using the Internet to bring people together from all over the world for fun, free events. MEETin is run entirely by volunteers, so you never have to pay membership fees; the only costs associated with using it are small fees dependent on the type of gathering you were participating in (for example, the cost of a meal if you were meeting for dinner). You can look for events near you by choosing the major city you are closest to.
Foursquare, another Meetup alternative, is a website that helps you find the best places to eat, shop, or visit in any city. What's more the information is given to you straight from people who have actually been there. You can choose a category of what you’re looking for, and then read reviews from other users. Just choose a location, and see what there is to do around you. You can also read about the experiences of other people who have gone before you, so you always know exactly what you’re getting into before you go.
Citysocializer is a social media app available on Google Android and Apple iOS devices that helps you find cool social gatherings going on around you. Like Meetup, it focuses on face-to-face interactions rather than online connections. As you attend more events, your network will grow, and you’ll be invited to even more events. It’s also a great way to see what’s going on in a new city, or find great places in your city that you may not have known existed!
Yik Yak is an online social media app that allows you to connect with other users in your immediate area, and learn about the surrounding neighbourhood. Though it is not necessarily intended for group meetings, its platform can certainly be utilized that way. Its “#now” function also lets you know what people are currently doing, so you can see where people are coming together on any given night. Making local connections is what Yik Yak is all about!
To learn more about Yik Yak, check out our Yik Yak course here.
That’s our list of the best websites and apps like Meetup! Try taking any of them for a spin, or check out our courses on Eventbrite and Yik Yak to learn even more about those particular services. If you have a suggestion for a website or app like Meetup that our users may like, or would like to share your experience with any one of these apps or websites, be sure to leave a comment below. Or, share your story on one of our social media pages.
If you’re thinking of using one of these sites like Meetup, and are looking for information on how to get rid of your Meetup account, you can read our tutorial here on how to delete Meetup.
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