‘Nother way to keep up
We Metrobloggers, among others, have made the exodus from Meetup.com. So what else is out there? That’s what I was wondering when I came across Upcoming.org. It’s pegged as an open source alternative to Meetup.
I’m still exploring how it can be used, but so far it’s not so bad. You join a metro (Houston, in our case) and it lists events that other users have posted. The number of users is small, only about 70 in Houston, and the only events listed so far are upcoming concerts. As expected, you just indicate whether you’ll attend a particular event or not.
Users can post their own events, and therefore are free to come up with their own location, date and time. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Like Meetup, it has the ability to remind you. But Upcoming lets you decide when you want to be reminded and how, either by e-mail or SMS.
The only problem seems to be the lack of a large user population, but that may change.