Few insights on User Groups and Communities

Date July 3, 2007

What are Technical communities all about?
Technical communities provide opportunities to interact with experts, and your peers in order to share knowledge and news about related technologies.

What are Technology User Groups?
User groups are typically independently run, volunteer groups that meet in-person on a regular basis to discuss and share information on a variety of technical topics. Participation in a user group is an excellent, inexpensive way to receive technical content, education and to meet with your peers to get more out of the various platforms, products, technologies, and resources which you are interested in.

Basically they are a group of professionals dedicated to helping the users and administrators of Windows / any other technology products successful in their work, home and leisure environments through the sharing of ideas, best practices, information and research and development. The members of the group may be any individual from Developers, IT professionals, Product Experts, Business and IT decision makers, to home users.

Following are the benefits of joining a user group :-

Monthly community conferences and events
Presentations by leading technology and industry technical specialists
Special interest groups formed around important topics
Access to the group website for collaboration and resources
Technical discussion meetings
Hands-on experience
Free for all the members for communities that have some support backing from some organization or business. There indeed are few communities that charge the members for events and trainings. But it depends purely on the kind of community and the event that may be
User Groups are totally driven by passion to share knowledge of technology

Supporting opportunities for a User Group may be providing any of the following :-

Meeting space at the monthly events
Speaking opportunities on the supporter’s products and services at the events
Opportunity to provide giveaways and conduct raffles at monthly events
A symbiotic relationship between the group and our supporters to benefit all
Supporter’s page and details on the User Group as a co-promotional activity

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