This weekend was the tenth anniversary of the Philadelphia PowerBook Users Group (PPUG), a mobile Mac user group I co-founding with my podcasting partner Rob Parker. Being at that meeting this weekend reminded me about why user group meetings are great: I learn something at every meeting.
Not only is it great to be around like-minded people, but it's also rewarding to share your experiences on a given topic with others. It's also a social event and good place to have some fun and unwind. My colleague at The Apple Core, David Morgenstern, helps coordinate the monthly BMUGWest users group meetings in San Francisco.
If you're not already a member of an Apple user group, you can search for a group in your area on the Apple user group Web site. Adobe also has a deep commitment to their user groups and has a locater on their Web site. In fact, if there's a major piece of software of hardware that you use on a regular basis, there's a good chance that there's some sort of a user group for it.
If you can't find a user group in your area, give back to the technology that's given so much to you and start one!