(Closed) Has any one had any luck with Meetup?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve had a lot of success with hiking meetups and a moms club meetup … but I’ve never tried just a regular ol’ let’s-hang-out kind of meetup. Hiking works well because it’s dangerous/foolish to go hiking without a buddy, so lots of singletons use meetup to get people to hike with. Not sure if something like that would be an option for you?

Post # 3
1784 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I wish I was in your city (doubtful). I want to meet some new people too! I looked into meetup once awhile ago and nothing clicked. I think I’ll look again and see what’s new. So thanks for inspiring me!

Post # 4
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I went on a fun camping meetup, and also a female 20-something professional meetup (when I was 20-something).  I also went to a young professional happy hour that was much bigger, and very intimidating. I couldn’t find it in me to walk up to someone and start chatting. The camping one we all met at a specific site, and the female one there was one table for everyone rsvp’d so it was easier to get into the fold.  good luck! 

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

playdohpants:  When I moved from Flori-Duh to Minne-SNOW-ta I thought, well, lemme just embrace this changing weather they have, winter and all. So I joined a Snow Lovers Meet Up. They do all sorts of crazy things. I have never.gone.once. Lol! And I reeeeeally want to!! I get their emails whenever they have a new event (they hike in good weather, too) I’m going to get off my butt and do it. I swear. I think it’s a good idea by the way.

Post # 6
4047 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

There are some for American expats like myself in my area, so I will likely try one once we move and get settled in. 

I too have trouble. I don’t want to go to a huge meet up and be too intimidated to just walk up to new people. But then so many others seem dead!

What sort of groups are you looking for? I find that hobby ones seem the best. Ones for film lovers, book lovers, hikers, etc. 

I’ve also known people to meet friends on Craigslist. I used to live near a military base, so sometimes military wives would post on there looking for friends. You could always chat with someone on there, as it gives you a one-on-one connection. Chat online for a few weeks, then arrange for coffee if you’re clicking. It’s worth a shot.

Post # 7
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I love Meetup. I moved from Florida to Maryland in 2005 and joined a few. I wound up meeting one of my best friends there (who is also one of my bridesmaids). When I moved back to (a different part of) Florida in 2008, I started using Meetup again and found a great group of ladies who I am still good friends with (one of whom is another bridesmaid). Honestly, it is kind of like online dating, but for friends. You are going to have some misses, but if you keep looking, there are good people to be found. 


Post # 8
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I love Meetup and met a bunch of friends using it. We have a group, that I am now one of the organizers for, that’s specifically for people who are new to the city. We meet at least once a month for a happy hour get together and we’ve done other things like wine tastings, boat cruises, etc! It’s a great way to meet some new people! Try a bigger group that has frequent events, that should tip you off that people actually participate. And remember, everyone’s there for the same reason you are!

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by  CaboBride2015.
Post # 9
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

playdohpants:  I joined one also about a year ago! I’m not new to the area, but most of my best friends live 45-1 hour (or across the country) from me and I wanted to find some new girls to hang with that were in my county. 

I went to one, lol. We took our dogs to the dog park and hung out. I just felt awkward and weird the whole time – we chatted about the dogs but I was expecting more like, “so what do you do for a living” type questions. 

I am too nervous otherwise to go! I can be pretty shy in a situation where I don’t know anyone, like a big group in happy hour..that sounds awful to me! And I think they kicked me out of the group because I didn’t pay my $3 dues or whatever haha. 

Post # 13
3256 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

playdohpants:  If there’s an active group for something you want to do, then it works great.  If there isn’t, then it won’t do much for you.

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