Your Qs Answered: New Facebook Groups

 Last week we addressed the first round of most common questions about the new Facebook groups functionality. Now that everyone has had a week or so to start using the new Facebook groups, we’ve heard some of the most common issues (and we’ve found a few solutions):

How can I remove someone from a group?

You can always remove yourself from a group. In the upper right corner, under the Members heading, you’ll see 3 links: Chat with Group, Add Friends to Group, and Leave Group. Click on Leave Group if you no longer want to be a member of the group.

Group admins can also remove group members. To do that, click on the Edit Group button and then select Members from the menu on the left. You’ll see all the group members.

To remove a member, click on the light blue “x” to the right of their name and profile picture.

How can I keep from being added to a group?

The short answer is, you can’t. At the moment, there is no way to opt out in advance of being added to a group, or to only allow certain people to add you to groups. We hope that some restriction like this will be in the first revision of the new groups, as you can see where this can be abused (and already has been).

Does my membership in a group have to be public?

It depends on the type of group. Facebook offers 3 types of groups:

  • Open – members and content are public
  • Closed – members are public, content is private
  • Secret – members and content are private

If you don’t want your membership to be public, then be sure that the group you create or join is a secret group.

Do I have to get all these emails?

You can click Unsubscribe to stop receiving emails (comments and updates) about a particular item posted to the group. You can also click Edit Settings to turn off all group emails or determine email preferences for each group that you’re a member of. (I’ve heard a rumor that similar functionality is coming to status comments – we’ll see if that’s true.)

What are we missing?

Have you come across any other issues with Facebook groups that you need help with?

Lisa Crotty

Marketing Manager

Lisa is a Senior Optimization Specialist at Innate – her friends even teased that she A/B tested her name change. Lisa studied Philosophy of Science & Technology at Virginia Tech and is always asking why.

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