@Larry339 It's awesome to hear you've had great experiences connecting with other hosts in your area. Keep on keepin' on!
I've been to a couple meetups with other Berlin hosts, and honestly it was incredibly uncomfortable and awkward. I could definitely see why Airbnb stopped hosting them (even before Corona). On the other hand, it was really fun getting drunk with the Airbnb office staff - they tend to be pretty young and high-spirited, whereas many of the German hosts at the meetups reminded me of a boiled cabbage.
Thank's for making me aware of this unbelievable occurance. We Germans remind Andrew of boiled cabbage – wow. I first have to recover from that statement before I can post an appropriate answer to him.
@Larry339 For me, it's not just a matter of only using it for what you find useful. There's a local community Facebook group in my town, nothing to do with hosting, it's where a lot of useful info gets exchanged. But I miss out on that because I refuse to join a platform I have some ethical issues with.
I also object to what it has done to social interaction. Someone will say to me "Hey, you weren't at Xx's party Sat. night."
"Well, I hadn't heard about it, no one invited me."
"Everyone was invited, it was all over Facebook for a week."
I think if you would like someone to come to your party, it shouldn't be too much trouble to call or text them personally.
And I really dislike the assumption that everyone is on Facebook.