The event site shootout

Venture Beat’s Chris Morrison has an excellent writeup on the event space sites that are out there. I’d love to see more shootouts like this one. There’s simply too much stuff to try in this industry and having people tear into a category and rate them really helps us all.

That said, I’ve looked into the event space too and I’ve found that Upcoming.org is WAY AHEAD for tech geeks. It’s not even close between Upcoming.org and everyone else. I’ve found that Upcoming.org has easily 10x more tech geek participation than other sites and has more complete listings of tech events, too. Just check out my calendar and compare to anyone else’s tech event calendar.

Keep in mind, though, that other sites are ahead in other genres like music and politics. But I really only care about technology stuff and in the industry I care about you gotta join Upcoming.org and you gotta put your events into Upcoming.org if you want the best people to come.

I agree with Chris that Eventful is ahead of the others in lots of other ways too.

Oh, and Chris left one huge site off: Facebook. They actually have more events, and more geek participation, but since everything is behind the garden wall I can’t link to it so I can see how Chris left Facebook’s events off. That said, I’d list my event on all these sites, but especially on Facebook and on Upcoming.org.

If you haven’t yet joined in an event site, why not?

8 thoughts on “The event site shootout

  1. Upcoming usage varies by location. In New York I tend to find there’s far more music and cultural events than tech events. Meetup seems to be larger for tech groups here.

  2. Upcoming usage varies by location. In New York I tend to find there’s far more music and cultural events than tech events. Meetup seems to be larger for tech groups here.

  3. Hi Robert,
    I agree.
    The ability to see where others are going and to see who is going to be at a function is invaluable. I’m not sure how Upcoming is playing in Kansas…, but it is one of the better event sites in this land North of the fires. Another site that is great is Meetup. However, it does not have as many public functions as Upcoming since it is membership group based.

  4. Hi Robert,
    I agree.
    The ability to see where others are going and to see who is going to be at a function is invaluable. I’m not sure how Upcoming is playing in Kansas…, but it is one of the better event sites in this land North of the fires. Another site that is great is Meetup. However, it does not have as many public functions as Upcoming since it is membership group based.

  5. Thanks, Robert — I appreciate the good mention. You’re absolutely right, Upcoming is the preferred geek site. Eventful seems to attract more of the MySpace crowd. But that’s not a bad angle; they also get the most traffic. It’s easy to forget that catering to the non-geek population is sometimes the best strategy for making real money ;)

  6. Thanks, Robert — I appreciate the good mention. You’re absolutely right, Upcoming is the preferred geek site. Eventful seems to attract more of the MySpace crowd. But that’s not a bad angle; they also get the most traffic. It’s easy to forget that catering to the non-geek population is sometimes the best strategy for making real money ;)

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