0269: /pax.meetups


Ad hoc meetups on a whim

Meetups are best when they happen unplanned and on a whim.  If there is too much planning and people need to signup or register or check their schedules and RSVP then some of the magic is lost.

When you have thousands of people in the same place like at PAX East, there is no reason why meetups can’t occur among gamers with little warning or planning.  Everyone is there, they just need a little coordination.

That’s why smart planners are sowing the seeds of meetups on localweb.is/pax.meetups.  It’s a simple and fast way to post where you are thinking of meeting up to try and get a little traction.  Want to go to Thinking Cup coffee bar around 1pm?  Just post it.  Others looking to meetup will see your post on /pax.meetup and respond.  Maybe they want coffee instead of beer and pizza, or maybe they are already headed in that direction so why not stop by.

It can be hard to get people’s attention when there is so much to see and do at a huge event.  But the people who are checking /pax.meetup are those who actually want to meet up.  And because it’s the local web, they are within walking distance to you, which means they are the ones who have the ability to meet up.  Pair the desire to meet up and the ability to meet up and it’s not long before you are having coffee with some new friends at a local coffee bar.

Hat tip to @NotUilliam for the use case idea.

Note: PAX is not officially affiliated with the local web.  The above is just an example of what could happen when the local web comes online at PAX East in April.

We are building the local web and sharing a new way to use it each day.

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Image via Thompson Plyer on Flickr