[Talk-us] Local user groups

Alex Barth alex at mapbox.com
Thu Jan 16 02:52:25 UTC 2014

Simon's comment makes me realize that the central argument for
meetup.comhasn't been mentioned.
meetup.com covers the bases for core organizing (events + mailing lists)
but most importantly, it provides incredible visibility. Esp. in the US,
people actively browse meetup for stuff they're interested in. Being on
meetup.com means having better chances to attract like minded folks than
organizing through most other channels.

On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 5:14 PM, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:

> Just a couple of observations from the other side of the Atlantic:
> - please make it easy to contact your group without having to go through a
> sign up procedure with yet another service. Not everybody is interested in
> joining permamently and making a meetup account mandatory just means you
> wont get casual visitors that might be interesting.
> - while by far not the oldest OSM local group the Zurich group just had
> its 49th meeting on Monday and up to now we're not outstripped the
> capabilities of the wiki, mailing list and now and then a doodle for
> special events.
> Simon
> Ps: background: l was in San Diego for 2 weeks in September and naturally
> would have liked to meet up with a couple of local mappers and /or the
> Southern California group, but see above.
> --
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