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For what it’s worth, from the business perspective, emulating (or even partnering/collaborating) with meetup is one of a zillion growth avenues groups.io could pursue.
I’d imagine all dependent on however Mark does and will think about the “sustainable business model” objective he has.
Meetup, as a company, has created a real market but hasn’t done as well in commercializing its good idea. That flip side of the entrepreneurial coin trips up a great many entrepreneurs.
I do think very good and important, at least for the near term, that groups.io’s focus is on strengthening and scaling the current technical foundation to enable the YG transitions and opportunity. Focus is so key.
On Nov 1, 2019, at 2:13 PM, Jerry Peek <jpeek@...> wrote:
Thanks, Chris. I'm not familiar enough with groups.io to know how
many people search for a group to join (vs. hearing about the group
some other way). I'm wondering whether Groups.io could set up a
really easy interface, Meetup-style, for people to create a local
group and other people to find it -- without needing to know
anything about keywords. The group owner creates a group and gives
its location by filling in a few boxes: city, state/province/region,
country, postal/ZIP code. Someone who wants to find a group fills in
a similar few checkboxes -- and gets a list of groups. Maybe there's
also a way to categorize the group -- to help people in big cities
to quickly narrow their search.
Since Mark isn't working on new features now, I'll try not to post
any more now, but I'd guess that other thoughts could be useful. If
Meetup looks like it will really shut down, I hope this archived
discussion might help Groups.io set itself up to take Meetup's
place. In my two days on Groups.io, I've been really impressed with
all of the features... some of them could make a Meetup-type group
even more useful than Meetup.com allows.
On 11/1/2019 10:54 AM, Chris Jones via
On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 03:29 PM, Jerry Peek wrote:
If groups.io could do a search that matches "near
Beverly Hills" or (easier) "near 90210", it would be much more
useful as a replacement for Meetup.
There has been something of a "more heat than light" discussion
about FInd a Group elsewhere on beta. You can solve this
problem yourself, now!
As well as a description of your group on your Home Page try
adding some other keywords; they do not need to be woven into the
text, but simply added as a line of "Other Keywords"; their visual
impact (which for the purposes of a search is irrelevant) can be
minimised by using font size 8. So if, for example, Beverly HIlls
appears in the description "proper" simply include "near" as a
IMHO the Find or Create a Group function is inadequately
described at the moment and I am considering preparing a GMF wiki
Guide to help. (FWIW I have been unable to find any help about Find...
Whether I do try to put something together depends in part in how
much support for the idea I can garner.