Friday, August 26, 2005

Why is meetup.com promoting DFA meetups?

Got this email this morning in an old email account:
Dear Meetup Member,

At some point in the past you joined Meetup.com and expressed an interest in meeting other Supporters of Democracy near Olympia.

*There are now 330 other Supporters of Democracy near Olympia* who are ready to get together, however the group needs an Organizer to schedule the Meetups! No Organizer has stepped forward to lead the group and help make this Meetup happen.

Click here to learn more:
http://dfa.meetup.com/228/handover/?op=c

...

You'll notice there's a group fee of $19 for every active group. If you're concerned about this fee but are still interested in giving it a try as Organizer, go ahead. We'll give you 30 days to try it out. If it's not right for you, we'll give you a *FULL REFUND*, no questions asked.

...

Finally, if you're ready to give it a try, please do so before September 8th. On that date, any group that hasn't had an Organizer for at least 30 days will be disbanded and you'll be added to an "Alerts List" to be notified when a new Democracy for America group starts nearby.

We hope your Meetups are successful, and thanks for being a part of Meetup.com!

Matt Meeker
Co-Founder, Meetup.com
Now, if I remember, DFA has been working to migrate away from meetup.com, following the example of Townhall.com. So, why would meetup.com make a point of promoting DFA meetups that aren't active or at least aren't using their website to organize.

I would assume because they know DFA is leaving. Or, has already left. DFA has launched a beta of DFA-Link. Not quite meetup, but still a local organizing tool.

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