There's already a flagship site up and running:
The dev is working on #ActivityPub support and is requesting feedback on what more needs to be done:
If you're interested in helping federate GetTogether, join the discussion at the link above.
Not explicitly, but this is an open source federated project, so it's innately a more ethical alternative. There is definitely a need for something like this.
Meetup.com effectively has a monopoly due to the network effect, and makes group organisers pay $15 a month for features that probably cost only a few cents to run.
@switchingsocial I totally get that yeah :P I just asked because the instance you linked to has the third-party services on top of the page, showing preference for that over the local sign in.
I get that's a personal preference thing but I hope that's an option that one can change
When you sign up to Meetup, you give it your location in real life. It then shows you upcoming events and groups near you whenever you log in. This doesn't happen with blog posts, because they're not part of an events network.
The problem with Meetup is it's a non-federated commercial site with a very strong network effect. People are pretty much forced to use it if they want to find local events, and prices for event listings are far too high.
@switchingsocial @mhall119 Ethical but using a TLD managed by a commercial company? And not the most ethical... https://www.eff.org/wp/which-internet-registries-offer-best-protection-domain-owners