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Meetup was founded by Scott Heiferman (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Heiferman), Matt Meeker,[3] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-3) and Brendan McGovern.[4] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-Wired-4)

Launched on June 12, 2002, Meetup became an organizing tool for a variety of interests including hobbies, drinking, sports and gaming. Dating and most singles groups are prohibited.[5] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-rules-5)

Among the first users of Meetup were virtual communities (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_community) such as BookCrossing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BookCrossing), Slashdot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slashdot), and LiveJournal (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiveJournal).[6] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-Handshake-6) Currently, the average size of a gathering is 10,[7] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-7)and the largest category of users are moms arranging field trips (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_trip) and playdates (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Play_date).[8] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-8)[9] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-9)

In November 2017, after years of declining usage,[10] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-10)[11] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-11)[12] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-12)[13] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-13)[14] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-14)[15] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-15) Meetup was sold to WeWork (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WeWork).[16] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-16) Meetup's staff was reduced by 10% after the sale.[17] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-17)[18] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-18)[19] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-19)[20] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meetup#cite_note-20)

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