Mastering Facebook Groups

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It is believed that in 2013, the number of Facebook users will top 1 billion. As one of those 1 billion users, whether you use your time on Facebook to catch up with old friends and family members or you are more interested in networking for business,  Facebook groups can be a great asset. Facebook groups can help you connect with friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues or other like-minded individuals with similar interests. These group interactions can be helpful and informative.

Using groups on Facebook isn’t difficult but it can take some time to master and learn your way around. Here are a few quick tips to help you get started so you can be on your way to enjoying all that group interactions have to offer.

How to Create a FB Group

You can create your own Facebook group if you wish. In your account, you can find the option to “Create Group” over on the left, at the bottom of your existing group list. You can also click on the gear icon in an existing group as there is a “Create Group” option on that pull-down menu. Choosing “Create Group” will walk you through choosing a name for your group, and choosing privacy settings.

For privacy, you can choose to make your group open, closed, or secret. With an open group, anyone can see the group, who is in it, and what is posted. With a closed group, anyone can see the group and who the group members are but only members can post. With a secret group, only members can see the group, can see who is in it, and can post. Secret groups also do not show up in searches so you have to be added or invited by a standing member if you want to be part of it. As an admin, you can change your group’s privacy settings at any time as long as there are fewer than 250 members.

Editing the Group Page

After creating your new group, you are now able to edit through the group page. This is where you can add admins, add members, change settings, and add descriptions of your group. This is where you can also set up group email and web addresses. A member can send an email to the group email address and it will post on the page. Any email responses will be posted as comments.

When you create a group, you are set as an admin by default. When you click “Edit Group” you can designate other members as admins and choose the administrative settings. You can choose how much control you want over allowing new members in by checking “Any member can add members, but an admin must approve them.” Admins also have the ability to pin posts to the top of the page so new posts don’t bump them down.

Admins also have the ability to remove or ban members by going to the “About” tab at the top of the group page. This will show all members of the group. There is a gear icon next to everyone’s picture and when you click it, you will see the option to “Remove member” and you can also choose to ban that person permanently.

Joining a Group

In order to join an existing group, go to that group’s page and click “Join Group” at the upper right of the page. An admin will approve your membership and you will receive notification. If you are a member of a group and decide you don’t want to be, go to the group’s page then click the gear icon at the upper right. Click “Leave Group” on the pull-down. You can also choose to report a group for abuse if you feel it is necessary.

As a member of a group, you can chat with other members, post and comment, add photos and documents and basically interact as much or as little as you wish.

There is so much more to mastering Facebook such as getting more likes, visitors to your fanpage or subscribers to your personal page. Sometimes people will buy Facebook likes to increase the appearance of the reach but you can’t buy entrance into FB groups. Being a group moderator will take up some of your time on a regular basis.

This is just basics for using groups on Facebook. Go to your account and look around for yourself to learn how to get the most out of the groups you are part of.

[author ]Anne Clark loves Facebook and helping others learn more about how to use Facebook to meet their needs.[/author]

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