Can I subscribe to a Meetup.com group calendar in iCal?
I get so much email that I find that sometimes I miss events from my favorite Meetup group. Is there some way to actually just import the calendar events into my iCal calendar? Or, better, subscribe to the group's calendar so that it's always up-to-date? Thanks!
I've been involved with groups that use Meetup.com to organize and plan for a long time, and I have to say that while they've redesigned the user interface a couple of times along the way, there are things that I find oddly difficult to figure out.
Don't get me wrong, I think that in general Meetup.com is a great way to organize groups, clubs and gatherings, but still, that extra 10%...
Most groups seem to be pretty low-key with planning, but I am a member of a group that has 4-7 events per week, and you're right, having those events show up on my calendar would be terrific. Better would be to have a single iCal calendar subscription that has all of the events from all the Meetup groups I'm a member of show up, but that one I haven't figured out...
Here's what you can do, however. Go to your group's Meetup page and look on the right side. You'll see something like this:
You want to click on the little "Calendar" icon or the word "Calendar" at the bottom of that box. Now you'll see a big calendar with your group's event shown:
Scroll down. At the very bottom of the page, you'll see this:
You can see your options: RSS Atom iCal and Outlook. Click on "iCal" since you want to subscribe in a form that's iCal-friendly.
I'm running Google's experimental Chromium Web browser, so it warns me that the link is unusual and asks if I want to launch iCal to receive it. I do, so I click on "Launch Application".
Now it's iCal's turn to warn me:
I do want to proceed, so I click "Subscribe" and it gives me some additional options:
At this point I can change the color, tweak the name, etc. The most important thing, however, is to make this an active subscription, which is the last option on the window:
I set it to update once a week - the group doesn't add new events that quickly - but you might set it to daily, depending on how much advance warning you want.
That's all there is to it. Click on "OK" and you're good to go!
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