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.
@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.
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