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History[edit] Meetup was founded by Scott Heiferman, Matt Meeker,[7] and Brendan McGovern.[8] Motivation and inspiration came from Robert Putnam's 2000 book, Bowling Alone, which is about building social capital[9][10] as well as by observing people's behavior in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001.[11][12] Launched on June 12, 2002, Meetup became an organizing tool for a variety of interests including hobbyists, fan groups, outdoor enthusiasts, community activists, support groups, and more. However, despite allowing members to declare an interest in "Singles", dating and singles groups are prohibited,[13] and are squashed quickly when discovered.[14] Among the first users of Meetup were virtual communities such as BookCrossing, Slashdot, and LiveJournal.[15] Slashdot's membership dates to June 17, 2002,[16] five days after the launch. On July 25, 2002, Slashdot used the Meetup platform to schedule and arrange a worldwide gathering of 5,000 members.[17][18] In 2004, Meetup gained notoriety and membership growth as the grassroots backbone of the Howard Dean presidential campaign, as well as for the campaigns of John Kerry and Wesley Clark, attracting over 100,000 members to each of their respective groups.[15][19] In 2005 it helped launch the Five Star Movement in Italy, now a major political party.[9][20] In February 2017, Meetup hosted 1,000+ free groups under the hashtag #Resist.[21][22] This angered supporters of the Trump administration, some of whom called for a boycott of Meetup.[23] The median age of Meetup users is over 30.[11] In 2016 Meetup began updating its User Interface in an effort to attract a younger user set.[8] At the same time, Meetup began to shift its focus, returning to its original 2002 concept of individuals driving the meetups[10] rather than relying on the group organizers determining content.[24] At this time Meetup announced a new direction as a "mobile first product."[25] In November 2017, WeWork acquired Meetup.[26][27][28]

Business model[edit] In August 2015, the company claimed to have 22.77 million members in 180 countries and 210,240 groups.[29] The largest category of groups is for Moms.[30][31] The service is free of charge to individuals who log in as members. Meetup receives revenue by charging fees to organizers of groups.[32][33] Meetup has discussed generating groups with Artificial Intelligence (AI) programming.[34][35]

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