Facebook Adds Create Group Feature, Enables Group Chats, Doc Feature For Group Specific Posts and E-mail Notifications

Written By Sam on 10 October 2010

In a bid to make your Facebook (FB) experience more private and to give you more control over what you want people in your friends list to see, the social networking site has added a new ‘Create Group’ feature along with downloading Facebook Data. Facebook Groups will enable you to create groups like the way you sort e-mail inbox’s or chat lists. Yes, it will be like a smaller network of friends within your bigger social network. As is usually the case, an Facebook friends list can be extensive and usually includes friends, family, colleagues and so on. It is natural there are bound to be things you may want to share only with friends, and probably not with colleagues, or you may want certain family discussions to be reserved only for people very close to you. The newly-added group feature essentially enables an Facebook user to get some additional privacy to share or communicate with a select group of people in a more private environment where entries from members not relevant to the group will be prohibited. The group is for you to select and will constitute of subsets of people like your family, friends, co-workers and so on.

Facebook Groups Features

  • Group Chat: This allows members of a particular group to chat with each other using the Facebook chat mechanism.
  • Doc Sharing: Simply put, this feature is a sort of notepad that makes it possible for users to write and edit notes and information pertaining to members of the group.
  • E-mail Notifications: Group members can keep abreast with the latest in the group’s activity list through notifications or e-mail messages about any posts made within the group, or by friends of friends.

How To Create Facebook Groups

  1. Head straight to http://www.facebook.com/groups/ and sign in to your account. Alternatively, after Facebook login click ‘more’ button on left sidebar and go choose the ‘groups’ option. Click ‘Create group’ button.
  2. Select a name for your group and then type in names of friends you want to add to that group. You can also decide whether you want the group to be open (accessible by anyone on Facebook), closed (accessible only to those asked to join, but visible to everyone on Facebook – the default setting), or secret (known only to you and its members).
  3. Finally, hit the ‘Create’ button, and you are ready to go.

The flip side is friends are not invited to join a group. If you choose certain people to be in a particular group, they get categorized as per your group settings. But they also have the option to add some of their friends to the group as well. A member can also ‘unjoin’ a group. So, you can click ‘Leave Group’ and ensure you are not added back against your will. However, for this you will have to keep a tab on notifications and keep an eye for who’s adding you to which group. Some see this as FB misguided attempt at personalizing the social network experience, promoting group mentality instead. Meanwhile those who are already upset over FB’s privacy settings feel in the bid to create a personalized environment to communicate with people, a feature like this could leave their personal profiles completely violated.

One Response to “Facebook Adds Create Group Feature, Enables Group Chats, Doc Feature For Group Specific Posts and E-mail Notifications”

  1. Gary says:

    This is clearly some new definition of “private” and “more control” which I’ve never heard of before.

    Groups have existed for a long time in Facebook. It’s just that previously people lacked “privacy” and “control” because other people couldn’t add them to groups without their consent.

    FOr even more “privacy” and “control,” perhaps Facebook should just create a bot to add people to groups, eliminating human choice entirely.

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