Meetup provides a forum for individuals to gather to undertake cultural and creative activities, and is easily searchable to determine the groups and membership by category. These groups and communities may suggest social impacts such as social bonds and cohesion.

An internet search of Meetup groups in Melbourne, in September 2019, based on the following selected categories indicated significant membership of a diverse range of groups.

Category No. meetup groups 2018No. meetup groups 2019Membership 2018Membership 2019
music 72 67 30,244 31,674
literature 41 59 25,06929,564
art 41 55 28,65239,842
dance 2846 34,15140,606
photography 3643 56,79660,951
film 28 36 31,04936,763
gaming1322 10,49925,325
craft 2121 2,2063,245
design4201,46710,414
theatre914 10,70124,780
fashion design 3 5 1,561 2,662
architecture 1 2 440 915

Discussion

Meetup tends to focus on digital and technology activities.  For example, the largest group is focused on start-ups.  Creative and cultural groups are currently relatively small.

Membership does not necessarily indicate active membership.