Going online to meet offline: Organizational practices of social activities through meetup

Stephen Ricken, Louise Barkhuus, Quentin Jones

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Event-Based Social Networks assist the coalescing of groups for social activities. In this paper, we present a mixed-method study of Meetup organizers' experiences coordinating events. Through a survey of 100 Meetup groups and interviews with 13 organizers of Meetup groups, we describe their organizational practices and challenges as well as potential longer-term success factors. We emphasize motivations and factors both in terms of social and technological issues. We discuss how these organizers build and maintain social capital but also how they rely on their already existing community leadership capabilities. We conclude that organizers had four different reasons to start a group through Meetup and describe each in turn. Our research contributes to a better understanding of how event-based social networking platforms can be designed and built to support coalescing within niche interest groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationC and T 2017 - 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Conference Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348546
StatePublished - Jun 26 2017
Event8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: Technologies for the Common Good, C and T 2017 - Troyes, France
Duration: Jun 26 2017Jun 30 2017

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
VolumePart F128532


Other8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: Technologies for the Common Good, C and T 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


  • Event-Based Social Networks
  • Groupware
  • Leadership
  • Meetup
  • Social media
  • Social software
  • Socializing

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