Today we're showing off the first (very early, alpha if you will) version of the new events subsite for MetaFilter we call IRL
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We are launching this with only the Meetup category in place, with other categories (we hashed them out previously here
) to be added once we get the bugs worked out.
HOW TO USE
For now, post only meetups with confirmed locations and start times. So you'll continue to post MetaTalk threads floating the possibility of a meetup ("Anyone in Denver want to do a meetup") and when the crowd agrees on a time and place, head over to IRL to post the meetup announcement. We'll soon switch the MetaTalk sidebar of future meetups over to a stream of IRL meetups. Over on IRL there is a date, time, location with map, and attending/maybe statuses like the 10 year anniversary site.
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
Here is a screenshot of the front page
with one real meetup listed. If you look along the right side, you'll see a soon-to-be-completed search events by city feature, Then there is a Upcoming Events near you feature if you have stored a location in your profile. Next is a set of popular cities, then tags. We have both RSS and iCal feeds, and we've got RSS and iCal feeds for each event. Thread pages have cool geographic breadcrumb links that actually work.
TO DO LIST
In the future we'll be adding more categories to handle things like art openings, concerts by MeFi Musicians, etc. We'll be adding a location-based search engine once we get some data. We'll add pagination when we get more events in the system. We'll be adding more feeds for categories and locations. While posts and comments on IRL will end up in your Recent Activity, your history of contributions on the subsite won't be on your profile page until we add it in a few days, and favorites added to anything on IRL won't be listed in your favorites just yet.