What is a Liferay User Group?
The Liferay community is made up of thousands of individuals who share a common thread: to support and grow the Liferay mission of an open source, developer friendly, enterprise class web interaction framework. Liferay User Groups exist to provide local, "last kilometer" support and collaboration of smaller collections of community members that have an even more focused set of commonality amongst them (such as geography, a common industry, or virtually any other specific common trait). Especially for those working in small companies, or are remote, user groups are great ways to interact with others on specific topics regarding Liferay and its underlying technology, and learn from each other in ways normally not associated with very large communities.
In addition to Liferay learning, user groups can drive the use and understanding of ancillary technologies commonly used in and around Liferay, especially when those technologies are commonly used within the groups (either voluntarily or by de facto standard).