It's useful for local events, but very expensive for organisers ($15 a month for a basic events page). People pay purely because others use it, an open alternative would be 👍
Meetup's "network effect" might be overcome because it isn't a global network (e.g. someone in London is only going to care about meetups in London).
Also, an open alternative would be perfect fit for #federation, each community having its own instance.
@switchingsocial You mean, something like that: https://videos.tcit.fr/videos/watch/6202aec4-5385-46f7-8cfd-402d88731caf
https://framagit.org/tcit/eventos (work in progress)
@switchingsocial I haven't announced anything but that was my plan for the AP app i'm currently writing
@tigertex @switchingsocial I mean if you want something right now this actually exists: https://dev.glitch.social/@cassolotl/100123239584982616
Yeah, apps do seem to be important. For some people if there's no app the site doesn't exist.
@switchingsocial The Contributopia project, launched by Framasoft (which also launches support campaigns for Peertube), proposes exactly the same in its roadmap https://contributopia.org/en/services/#framameet-encouraging-gatherings-and-meetings
Thank you for the info! Is there any timescale for the roadmap, when this might happen?
@switchingsocial That would be a great idea! Unfortunately, I don't know of anyone who's working on that exact situation yet.
Upcoming.org is another events site using a free code engine, I don't know if they have any interest in federation (yet)
@switchingsocial would be good to add all alternatives to this website so other people can easily find them 💕 https://alternativeto.net/software/meetup/?license=opensource
I think Degoogleify has some mailing list alternatives?
@switchingsocial no, I was thinking of something like Listserv, Mailman, etc.
@switchingsocial oh, I did miss Mailman on the list. But I think the wiki link has better alternatives.
@switchingsocial The only one I heard about is WanaWana (https://github.com/Psycojoker/wanawana). It looks like pre-alpha at this time, but the French advocacy group Framasoft announced plans to fund an alternative to MeetUp this year and this is one of the software they were considering for their future "framameet" service.
Yeah, I saw that in the degoogleify list, but it looks a bit abandoned? 😟
@switchingsocial Yes, you have Mobilizon by Framasoft (the same organization which helped Peertube : https://github.com/framasoft/mobilizon
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.