Recently Adrianne Jeffries, a reporter for BetaBeat , went on a whirlwind week long tour of various NY-based meetups.
Start Living in 2012 added more than 100 members in three days. Jordan Phoenix told the group that 68 people RSVP’ed for the event but only 38 showed up. “Guess what?” he said the group, “They’re not invited to the next meetup, because they’re bulls–t artists.”
Not all of the groups are so unforgiving. Jeffries found that Male cat lovers get together and discuss the cute adventures cats have in apartments. Jeffries also dined on sleeves of Saltines and an intact box of Godiva chocolates at the NYC Freegan Meetup.
The East Village Euchre Club is another Successful Meetup Group, or SMUG. Held in a bar, the card games last until the wee hours of the morning. NYC Bands for Bands is a networking group for musicians who go to each others’ shows. It fulfills a promoter’s demand for crowds, but it’s also about camaraderie. The members of NYC Hoarders-No-More Meetup update each other on their progress each week and bring in things to toss out.
With exception of the 20,000 members of NY Tech Meetup, most groups have a natural size limit. Once a group gets big enough, it will replicate according to set patterns, Meetup founder Scott Heiferman told BetaBeat. “It’s an almost Darwinian ecosystem.”