Meetup #4: Writer’s group My fourth Meetup was supposed to be a writers’ support group at Panera’s in Fort Lauderdale.
Some also require that you fill out an introduction telling the group who you are and why you want to join. Like other sites these days that assume you’re a digital native, instead of clearly labeled links, Meetup shows you little icons and you have to figure out what they mean.
On the top right of your screen are a bell icon to see all your upcoming group meetings, three lines in a bubble to access messages from other members and group organizers, and three dots to find help and other stuff.
Some organizers pass on the costs by charging members dues of a few dollars a month.
I checked out Meetup before I made the arrived in Florida and found a plethora of local groups where I was likely to find like minded peeps.
When it comes to finding new friends, the traditional wisdom is to join a group whose members share your interests – that’s what is all about – but like shopping online for a pair of shoes that’s going to fit comfortably or finding your perfect mate, there’s some hit or miss to finding the right Meetup for you. I picked groups by looking at the number of Meetups they had hosted recently and member reviews – some groups are inactive or have very few members; the best groups have been around for a long time and have a lot of members.