I just read an article on the Management Today website about [url=http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/835652]social networking sites set up to allow business travellers to meet locals and other travellers when they're in town[/url]. I've certainly found that when I've been travelling on business (not that that happens all that often) the evenings have been a bit bare of activity. My last trip I was lucky that there was a golf course with driving range just behind the hotel so I spent a couple of evenings working on my swing (which is now slightly less awful than it was) but that's rare. Unless it's somewhere I've visited quite a lot or have local friends I'm more likely to spend the evening watching TV or reading.
What do other people do? Catch up on email? Read? Watch TV? Record the latest in their popular podcast series?
Has anyone ever used a social networking site (regular one like Facebook/MySpace/LinkedIn or specific business travellers site like Maiden-Voyage/SkyLounge/WhosInTown)? How did it work out?
Given the number of MT listeners (there are 27,000 people registered for the forums alone, I don't remember how many downloads per cast there are but I seem to recall Mike mentioning they were in the hundreds of thousands) I did wonder if it might be worth trying to connect via these forums (the meetup forum being the obvious candidate) for informal get togethers for MT devotees who happen to both be in the same area for a night or two?