How to move your life forward and 'Meetup' with new friends
MEETUPPERS use the internet to get off the internet by joining a group with common interests and maybe make some new friends along the way.
It's not an online dating service; it connects people near where they live so they can do all sorts of activities with others.
Across 184 countries there are over 29 million people of all ages meeting up through groups set up on meetup.com
"It's organised around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we're at our best.
"And that's what Meetup does," the organisers say.
There are many categories for groups - explore, outdoors and adventure, technology, family, health and wellness, sports and fitness, learning, photography, food and drink, writing, language and culture, music, movements, LGBTQ, film, sci-fi and games, beliefs, arts, book clubs, dance, pets, hobbies and crafts, fashion and beauty, social, career and business.
Within those categories are a limitless number of sub-categories which are the groups.
You name it; there's a group for everyone.
It doesn't cost anything to sign up with Meetup, but when joining a group, a meetuper needs to check if the group organiser is charging for participants for the activity or event.
Anyone can start their own group. It costs $12 per month subscription which can be offset through group dues, event fees or contributions from members. By doing this Meetup keeps their network ad-free.
To get off the internet, go http://www.meetup.com.