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Whose Site Is It? There are websites for people who want to find a date. And then there are websites for people who just want to find a new friend. bills itself as the world’s largest network of local groups, and it’s now here in Evansville. So far, there are groups for women who love to read; men and women in their 20s; people who play video games; parents with small children; political groups; and more. “makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.”

Here’s how it works: First, you register for free. Then, you fill out your profile based on your interests. There are many categories to choose from, including career and business; education and learning; outdoors and adventure; parents and children; politics and activism; and more.

If there is no group for your particular interest, don’t worry. is becoming more and more popular, which means you may soon find someone who shares your hobby. In fact, new members who ride motorcycles on the weekends, for instance, can request notification when a fellow motorcycle enthusiast starts a group.

Additionally, the site will email you updates of upcoming events you have an interest in. The site doesn’t send out too many emails per month, either. There’s also no pressure to take part in an activity that you may not have time for.

According to its website, Meetup’s mission is to revitalize the local community and to help people around the world self-organize.

“Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference,” the website says.

Don’t Miss: Meetup is just one way to connect with the world around you, and one of its many advisors is author, teacher, and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff. A technology and media commentator for CNN, he focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other’s values.

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