Introducing Meetup’s Apple Watch app

Making Meetup easier and more fun to use on mobile devices has been our top priority for 2015.

Today we’re excited to introduce Meetup’s Apple Watch app, which has the most important information about your Meetups where and when you need it most: at a glance, on your wrist.

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The app allows you to RSVP, see who’s attending, browse your Meetup groups and receive notifications. Tilt your wrist to:

  • Get notified of last minute Meetup time and location changes
  • Find out when a spot opens up on the waiting list
  • Use the map to find your way to your Meetup

Download Meetup for iOS on your iPhone here. If you have Apple Watch, the new Meetup app will automatically show up. You’ll find it featured by Apple on launch day.

Not an iOS user? Get the Android app with support for Android Wear here.

Meetup Messages just got better

No more guesstimating your Meetup’s whereabouts. Now you can share your location privately through Messages with just one tap. No address? No problem. Meetup mid-hike, in the park, or at the afterparty. Open the map to find directions and be on your way—you’ll never be waiting on the wrong corner again.

Available now on iOS and Android.  

Fairer Meetup price plans

Since we first started charging Organizer Dues in 2005, we’ve had one plan, set at one price. Whether you run a 20 member Meetup or a 5,000 member Meetup, to date you’ve paid the same Organizer Dues for the same set of features. Starting this January we’re introducing new Organizer Dues plans, with the aim of making Meetup fairer for communities big and small.

As part of this rollout, we’re excited to introduce a lower-priced Basic plan for smaller scale Meetups. In addition to our Basic plan, we’re rolling out an Unlimited plan. The Unlimited plan allows Organizers with larger communities to manage them with ease. As a third offering, we plan to add a Premium plan with advanced features for even bigger Meetups in the future.

Basic Unlimited Premium
$9.99 per month $14.99 per month Coming soon!
Up to 50 members Unlimited members
Up to 3 co-organizers Unlimited co-organizers

Our new price plans will call on organizers of larger Meetups to pay a little more, while organizers of smaller Meetups pay a little less. By matching group size to price point, we hope to establish a fair playing field that opens the door for even more Meetups. We hope this helps us help everyone, everywhere, to grow the communities they want and need.

Learn more about our new plans here.

Planned Meetup downtime

Meetup’s site and apps will be down for about an hour beginning Sunday, November 9th, at 7am EST. We wanted to give you a heads up so you can plan accordingly. We’re doing some routine maintenance work that requires taking Meetup offline briefly—we do this from time to time to ensure Meetup is as up-to-date and speedy as we all want it to be. Thanks for your understanding!

Making it easier for everyone to help out

Great Meetups are made of great members who care about their communities. These members know that organizing a Meetup takes work, and in addition to the planning, scheduling, and coordinating, it also takes money. Whether it’s jerseys for game days, craft supplies for projects, rental fees for equipment, or even just snacks, we know that sometimes it takes stuff—in addition to awesome members—to make awesome Meetups happen.

We want to make it easy for supportive members to chip in on costs and help make Meetup groups even better. That’s why, as of today, we’re adding a “Chip in” button on group and event pages, allowing members to contribute, no matter what device they use to access Meetup.

Chipping in is a great way to help cover costs and strengthen the Meetups you love. Stronger Meetups mean stronger communities, and it’s up to us to make it happen.

Jesse, the Organizer behind the Central Park Sketching & Art Meetup Group, reports, “Contributions have been working great. I’m using the money to pay for the name tags and markers I use for the group, for park and museum reservations, and to pay for myself to scout out new locations.”

Contributions are also an easy way to cover Meetup fees. Andrew, the Organizer of the Garden State Kayakers Meetup, says, “all contributions go straight into paying the dues for the group.”

Timothy from the Central Kentucky Photography Group agrees. “The money we collect goes towards Meetup activities and website fees. It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and it works.”

Currently, chipping in is only available for our US-based friends. Stay tuned for international chip in options—coming soon!

Have questions about Contributions? Head over to our Help Center.

Meetup & Get to the Polls

We’re happy to announce that we’ve joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project and The Internet Association to help voters Get to the Polls on November 4th for the U.S. Midterm Elections. The Get to the Polls site provides voters with a simple, central location to find everything they need to make an informed decision on Election Day. By entering their residential information, voters will be able to find their polling place address, hours of operation, and full ballot summary with just a few easy clicks.

At Meetup, we’re setting out to make local community real. We believe that everyone should have a voice in their community, and voting is one of the most important ways to make that voice heard. Through Meetup, people come together to make their communities stronger, healthier, happier places, and choosing our elected officials is an important part of ensuring those communities continue to thrive. Creating the communities we want to live in is important work, and it’s up to all of us to do it together. Voting is a critical piece of that work, and we’re thrilled to see Get to the Polls making it easier than ever. If you’re a United States citizen, make sure to check it out, and on November 4th, don’t forget to vote.

Building community,
one conversation at a time

There’s something powerful about people meeting up to talk about what’s important to them. Communication builds community, and that’s what Meetups are all about.

That’s why we’ve built a better way to stay connected—our new Messages feature for Meetup on iOS, Android and the web.

Now it’s easy to reach out to anyone in your communities between those times you’re meeting face to face.

From one-on-one chats to private small group conversations, we want to help make your Meetup connections stronger.

Keep talking. Get the app.

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Have questions about Messages? Check out our Help Center here.

Notifications on iOS and Android

Stay up to date with the latest from your Meetups with notifications on the go. We’ll alert you to new comments, likes, photos, and more, from right inside the app, so you’re always caught up. Notifications are now available on both iOS and Android.

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Updated Navigation and Notifications

Wondering why your top navigation bar looks a little different? We consolidated your links into two new drop-down menus, offering you a more centralized navigation experience and a cleaner look.