Its a question thats been asked since social networking, instant messaging and email have surpassed traditional means of communication. Is the internet diminishing our ability to connect in person? I used to think it might.
Then I found MeetUp . Finally, a site that uses social networks to connect people face to face. The site allows you to create a profile and search for groups categories that interest you. The best part? You also search by area, so you can attend group meetups in your area.
I decided to give it a test run with a group called Lansing Top Dog Networking. The group’s mission is to connect business professional and entrepreneurs in the area to share ideas, resources and success stories. I attended my first meeting on January 14th, and have to say that I was presently surprised.
A group of nine of us met at a cafe and really did connect without our favorite security blanket (read: the internet). We exchanged networking tips, personal business stories and favorite “must reads”. Our next meeting is on January 28th, which I will definitely be attending.
The moral of the story? Social networks can be the best tool there is to generate live meetings.