January 28th, 2010

"A Meetup Group That Matches Your Interests..."

Today is Delphi Meetup day, and, peculiarly, I got an email from Meetup.com a few minutes ago. It was peculiar because although we still call it Delphi Meetup, we dropped Meetup.com like a hot rock years back after it started charging $100+ per year to coordinate a monthly meeting. (Like that takes anything even close to $100 worth of cycles or storage or bandwidth.) Meetup.com keeps trying gamely to get me to come back by promising me interesting groups to join...just as soon as somebody ponies up that hundred bucks. Wi-Fi and New In Town were the ones I used to belong to circa 2003, when I was working on my Wi-Fi book and we were still new in town. I guess they gave up, as I haven't heard from them in most of a year.

Until today, when I got an email with the breathlessly overcapitalized subject line: "A New Meetup Group That Matches Your Interests Has Started!" Hmm. Wi-Fi? Ebooks? Ham radio? Kites? Contrarianism?

No. Only inside the message do they reveal the group's name: "Paranormal Erotic Romance Book Club of Colorado Springs."

Wow. I never even knew that there were paranormal erotic romance books. Lesbian pirate novels, sure--a woman who used to work for me brokered foreign rights in that genre for awhile. So I guess anything's possible...but I have to wonder how they fingered me as a potential member. Was it a mistake, or simple desperation?

In truth, I'm quite sure I don't want to know.