Meetups as Community Barometer?

I recently signed up for Meetup looking to join a particular group interested in Web standards. How boring, right?

Anyway, as part of the signup process I was asked to divulge my home address and opted into a mailing list that keeps me informed about other groups and their meetings in the neighborhood. This is where things get interesting. So, the question is, can you make a correlation between the local population and such a list? You be the judge.

  • Reiki
  • Polyamory
  • Raw Food
  • Tarot
  • Alternative Energy
  • Metaphysics
  • Gnostics
  • Experimental Music
  • Hybrid Cars
  • Sierra Club
  • Vegetarian

What, no Vegan group?

Before you jump down my throat, I don’t have anything against counter-cultere. If I could afford to I would live in San Francisco. Plus, there are a lot more groups and I certainly wouldn’t consider all of them “alternative.”

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