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If you’re looking to connect with folks in your area or while traveling, MeetingWave wants to bring you together with the help of their online meeting planner. Post an invite to your meeting, either publicly or privately, and interested parties use the service to accept. You […]

mwave logoIf you’re looking to connect with folks in your area or while traveling, MeetingWave wants to bring you together with the help of their online meeting planner. Post an invite to your meeting, either publicly or privately, and interested parties use the service to accept.

You can search by zip code or general location to find something interesting and RSS feeds can be created to match your specific event criteria. It has the obligatory reminders, recurring event creation, and I really appreciate their efforts to help ensure the privacy of users and event locations.

Formerly called Travelers Table, MeetingWave is re-branding to acknowledge that meetings occur everywhere and perhaps their old name was limiting interest in their service, but is it enough?

It may not seem fair to judge a site like this based upon the limited content but no matter how good the platform may or may not be, success is entirely dependent on community involvement and with sites like Meetup or even evite already firmly entrenched here, it may be hard for MeetingWave to attract the folks it needs to be useful.

I honestly didn’t find much of interest to me in the Chicago area, and absolutely nothing out in the suburbs where I spend the majority of my time. While there are a lot of “business opportunity” sort of events, I didn’t see much in the way of networking related to common interest. Also, the inclusion of “romance” meetings seems very out of place for what was pitched to me as a professional networking site.

I also experienced a couple of troubling issues during my registration and testing. The first thing it did after registering me was to lead me to a screen where the only option available was to create my own invite. I really wasn’t ready to do that but there was no other navigation or option for me (like a cancel button.) I had to close the window, revisit the site and log in again. I did this for the purpose of review, otherwise I likely wouldn’t have bothered.

I did have a couple of other navigation issues as well. Occasionally input screens were too long for my display and since things are set to auto-center on the page, I couldn’t get the submit button to stay visible long enough for me to press it. I had to go to full screen mode to increase my display area enough to proceed.

Your mileage with MeetingWave might vary based upon your location and area of interest. I’m going to plan a local tech-worker coffee get together and see what happens. It’s free to use both as a planner or guest so it might be worth a shot to see if you find what you are looking for. Let us know how it works out.

How do you connect with like minded folks where you live, work or travel?

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By Scott Blitstein
  1. As one of the early adopters of MeetingWave (I started using it in June 07 when it launched under a different name), I have found it to be very helpful to facilitating meetings with likeminded professionals in a way that Meetup or Evite would not have allowed.

    I run a personal social networking platform called Coffee With Ian [www.coffeewithian.com] which allows me to put a human face on my virtual contacts. Through MeetingWave, I set the time and location where I am available to have coffee, and have met many people. I limit my meetings to 4 or 5 people, because I want to have actual face time and get to know them in a way that an event with 300 people doesn’t neccesarily allow.

    MeetingWave fills a void to have smaller, more personal meetings in a way that the other meeting sites don’t cater to.

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  2. Scott – Thanks for the feedback. We restarted our promotional efforts after renaming the site in early June (after months of looking for a new name that didn’t sound overly focused on traveling). The renaming took longer than expected with so many domain name squatters, potential trademark issues and conflicting internal opinions. We are happy to be moving forward again and gaining traction.

    Regarding the Get Started page you landed on after signing up, I apologize for the incovenience. We are planning to replace that page to provide additional options this week (hopefully today or tomorrow). We’ll also take a look at the input screens you had issues with.

    We are focused on providing a tool for professional and business networking (e.g., making new contacts, finding new clients). We are free and open so are currently seeing a variety of invites being posted. However, users are free to decide which invites to post and which to accept so who you meet and for what purpose is up to you. We only include “romance” as an option so these invites can be categorized differently when users are searching. You should only see “romance” invites if you specifically search for them. Otherwise, they are not displayed. We are considering a variety of options to better control the quality and type of invites.

    We are not focused on providing an event organizing tool like meetup or a party planning tool like evite. Instead, we are hoping to provide a free flexible, versatile tool that is laser focused on helping users network offline with new people for business and professional purposes. We have a lot of work to do on the development and promotional fronts, but appreciate the feedback as it helps us prioritize our efforts.

    Thanks,

    John Boyd, founder

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  3. @Ian – that sounds like a great use. In fact, that is really the type of event I was looking for, and expecting to find in the nature of invites.

    @John – Thanks for your comments and clarification. Perhaps it is just a discrepancy between my expectations and the types of events I saw listed in my area. I can certainly see the service being useful if the desired type of folks are there to respond to and accept the invites.

    I have posted my own event locally to see if there was any interest.

    Thanks
    SB

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