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Published August 28th 2014
All over Brisbane, strangers are forming new communities and connecting via Meetup.com
Meetup.com is Brisbane's best kept secret as its community has grown to thousands in the past few years. No matter what your circumstances, interests, age or gender - Brisbane's meetup groups have something for you. Meetup complements our digital age and smart phone addiction as it runs completely over the internet via the website or the app.
Don't be shy! Every person there is friendly as you all have a common goal - meeting up with people to spend time with, doing the things you love.
Why meetup? There are many reasons. You're single but all your friends are in couples, you're recently single and need to start over, your partner and/or friends don't like hiking (or insert relevant activity), you've just arrived in Brisbane and don't know anyone, you'd like to expand your social circle, you want to build on your business connections, you want to learn a new skill, you'd like to try something new but nobody you know is free... Brisbane is your undiscovered oyster because of its meetup community!
How does meetup work? Groups are set up by 'organisers' who pay a fee to host the meetup group starting from around $65 every 6 months. Organisers do not get paid and this is not their job. They have decided to host their group in order to provide meetup opportunities to others in their situation. Usually organisers don't charge fees though some groups feel that this is appropriate.
Some groups then have additional 'event organisers' who will organise meetups ad hoc or on a regular basis. They do not have any monetary commitment to the group. Once again these aren't professionals but people who enjoy getting together with others to enjoy a certain activity. Event organisers put a lot of time and effort in to planning their events by researching and communicating with the venues whilst getting the best deals for you.
Then there is you. Browse through the many meetups and events choosing those that you would like to be a part of, sign up and connect with the other members. With some groups there is an approval process though most don't have this.
When you RSVP to an event, you will see everyone else who is also attending and after the event you can send a quick "nice to meet you" email, by clicking the button next to their name that will appears after the event, in order to connect with them in the future.
Meetup is your social calendar at your fingertips.
1. RSVP. Remember that this is a free service and therefore RSVP to the events that you are planning to attend, let the organiser know when you can no longer attend as a "no show" is very frustrating when they have let a venue know how many to expect, on the flip side turning up without RSVPing is also frustrating as other members can't connect with you after.
2. Introduce yourself to the host. They will be extremely busy making sure all of you are looked after and communicating with the venue so a quick "hello, nice to meet you" is really appreciated.
3. Use the comment section to ask questions and to coordinate with other meetup goers. Some organisers do give out their mobile numbers but don't expect it as some events have over 100 attendees, therefore give them some slack and put a comment up on the event page as others might have the answers for you.
4. You will need internet on your phone to communicate with your meetup group.
5. Be respectful. Meetup is completely online and has tools in order to get to know the people in the group. Respect their privacy, post a greeting on their profile page and see how they respond.
6. Have fun. This is an amazing tool to grow communities and your social life. Have fun with it.
Most popular Brisbane Meetup Groups by activities
(Please note that events will have between 5 and over 100 attendees, check out their events pages to find out more.)