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Community Tip Series: Topic groups vs User groups - Learn the difference!

By Gabriel Marte Blanco posted Fri July 01, 2022 08:00 AM


In the IBM Community, we have many ways to connect and interact with members with similar professional interests, like joining a "
topic group" or webinars on specific topics. However, we also have ways for community members to connect and interact online and offline with other IBM users near you through what we call "User groups." 

Learn more about these groups:

  • Topic groups are community groups that focus on one specific topic. For example, Blueworks live or BPM, Workflow, and Case within the Business Automation community page. These groups are specific to these topics where members post discussion threads, library entries, and blogs. This is the place to go for any questions related to the product of your choice. 
  • User groups are customers, IBMers, and IBM business partners interested in learning and sharing information with other members online and offline. These user groups often have specific topics and locations so members know which groups would be best for them to join. For example, suppose you live in Arizona and are interested in IBM Cloud. In that case, you should join the "Arizona IBM Cloud and Middleware Users Group," as it is a group near you and covers your favorite topics. 
    • User groups hold in person events, which is a great way to meet other IBM enthusiasts.

To join the user group that is best aligned with your interests, it is best practice to first go to the topic group that you are interested in, then click on the "User groups" tab on the topic homepage. Below is a quick example of how to do this.

  • Go to the topic's homepage
    • In this case, it is Business Automation 
    • Click on User Groups, which will show you all the user groups for that specific topic. 
    • Click on the user group that best aligns with your interest and hit "Join Group"
Now that you know the difference between topic and user groups make sure to join the topics that best align with your interests. Join any user groups near you so you can connect and interact with other members online and offline. If you would like to apply to start a User group, you can do so here!

Also, if you missed last week's community tip, you can find it below: