I really love lanyrd because it's nice and open, and I really like having the flexibility shoving anything we want up to jsoxford.com.
Though, I think it would be really good for people to be notified of new meetups, and for maintaining a group of active community members.
I believe UXOxford has had a positive experience of this (ping @marianamota, @alpower & @JimmyMorrisUK). And OxRug seem to be doing pretty well too.
Is it possible/good to have meetup.jsoxford.com as our meetup, and keep jsoxford.com. for information/blog posts?
What do people think?
Yes. Basically all the other sister-meetups are already there. Downside is that it costs (some) money.
I can just tell what we experienced with @nodebp - we have our meetup group at meetup (http://meetup.com/nodebp/), in the meantime we still have our website at: http://nodebp.com
It works great for us!
@javorszky - good point about the sister meetups. Cost wise - we've got a spare meetup account here I think. I'll check.
@gergelyke - that is exactly what I was thinking, glad it's working for you. Will be nice to have our past meetups documented (even though they were on lanyrd). Also - awesome on using github issues to collect/develop talk ideas, I just added a talk label on the issues here.
Seeming quite positive for meetup
Meetup's pretty good for discovery too. When I arrived in Oxford I went looking on Meetup but didn't even know about Lanyrd...
+1 to the positive experience for organising things here too.
Fees can be bit of a pain if you change organiser in that the primary organiser pays them, not the group.
Yes, we have good experience using Meetup for UX Oxford. Before we were using Eventbrite. The things we like about Meetup are:
Hope that helps. :)
As Mariana said really...
Other things to mention is it's not free and you can't extract your attendee's email addresses from the system.
Overall it's easy to set things up and that it's key selling point. UI and UX could be a bit better.
Thirding what James/Mariana say - the biggest part has been the attendee self RSVPing - previously we had to manage that with Eventbrite. http://attending.io looks nice, but far too lightweight. Meetup fits the bill well for us, as long as we stay with it. All these things have some element of lock-in.
my advice - seriously think about the problems/reasons for switching, and make sure what you move to solves that.
I like your idea of a subdomain - I miss having uxoxford.com, however not having to update it is nice too :)
We've switched to meetup now - http://www.meetup.com/JSOxford/
Thanks so much for the input