For example, I can create a group for my D&D friends and include my friends who are also D&D fans. If I update the group, my update will show up in mine and everyone else in the groups newsfeed without updating all of my friends. That way I can talk about being a dork, without having to annoy everyone else on my friends list.
New groups have the following features:
Privacy settings that will allow your group to be visable and search-able to everyone, visible but invite only, or completely off the radar (members can only be invited)
Group Chat– All users are able to chat with each other at once.
Share links, videos, pictures with group members (all shared media will show up in group members news feeds)
Events– Forget having to hand pick your guest list EVERY time you create a new event. With the group events, everyone in the group is automatically invited!
Group Email– Members can send email to other group members from a [username]@groups.facebook.com account
This new groups application is a move to keep certain information away from everyone and more accurately take the social experience of the real world and bring it online.
To create a group
First go to facebook.com/groups you’ll be brought to a page that looks like this:
Click Create group.
A pop up box will appear.
Closed: Group is search-able, members are visible. Content of the group is only visible to members of the group. Anyone wishing to join the group must request an invite, or be invited by a group member.
Open: Group is search-able, members and content are public, anyone can join at any time.
Private: Group is entirely off the radar. Members are hidden, content is hidden. The only people who know about the group are in it, and the only way anyone is allowed in the group is by invitation only.
In the “Edit group screen you can set your group icon, rename your group, edit your privacy settings, and pick your group email address, and edit your group information.
Note: email is supposed to work as a mailing list to message all members of the group. Email names are on a first come first serve basis, so go get your groups name NOW.
I believe the mail feature is supposed to work by mailing the group email address and it will redistribute the message to the members of the group via their login email address, but so far have not received an email from my group email address… more updates as soon as I know.
UPDATE: This is inaccurate, the email address is meant only to let the group have it’s own Facebook email address to notify your email about activity going on in the group. If all group members have notifications turned on, anything you post will get sent to their email account from the Facebook email you set up.
When you’re all done here, click “Save Changes.” after the page refreshes click “Back to Group”
Anatomy of a Group Page
This way you are able to easily share posts, links, photos, and videos with a group of people, without having to share with everyone on your friends list (eg. new baby photos with your “Family” Group, and Last night’s party with your “Drinking buddies” group. Ideally your family won’t be able to see you hunched over the toilet from the photos from your “drinking buddies group”
With “Events” in groups, all group members are automatically invited by default. This is a huge enhancement from standard Events application, which requires you to invite all event attendees individually, which can get very time consuming.
The other notable difference is the “Chat with Group” function found on the right, under the “members” area. This chat is essentially a “chat room” for all of the members of the group who are online at the same time.
So now that Facebook has unrolled it’s new Group feature, how do you plan on using it? What could some of the applications be for businesses?