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)
@tigertex @switchingsocial I mean if you want something right now this actually exists: https://dev.glitch.social/@cassolotl/100123239584982616
@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
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 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.
mastodon.at is open to all users and federates with most instances.
🇩🇪 🇦🇹 🇨🇭 mastodon.at ist offen für alle User und ist mit vielen anderen Instanzen verbunden.