Using Facebook Groups
In the last post we discussed difficultly in finding a group that fits your needs. You really have to watch the group descriptions, so we might as well create our own group. Groups can be very challenging, so let us look at running one.
Managing Facebook Groups
Let’s get started at this task and consider some of the responsibilites of managing groups.
Step 3. Administrating Your Group
As group administrator, you can:
- Set custom privacy settings for your group
- Ban members
- Remove inappropriate posts
But perhaps the privilege you will find most significant is:
- You can add more administrators
If yours becomes a large group, this may be necessary. In fact, you may wish to communicate privately with your co-administrators and set up a rotating or regular schedule of who monitors and maintains the group, so that no one administrator is overburdened.
To customize group privacy settings:
- Access your group and click on the little while in your top-right group menu bar (beside the ad vertical column)
- From the drop-down menu that appears, click “Edit Group Settings”
- A window will open up and you will be able to – with one click – change and customize settings for the group, grant or deny privileges, set up a Group Address, control post approval (and who can post) and control who sees the groups, and how memberships are approved.
You can also change the group description from within this window too.
To set up new administrators:
Adding new administrators to your Facebook group is easy.
- Click on your Group “About” tab in the Settings window top-horizontal menu
- You’ll be taken to a list of all your members, with profile photographs. Click the wheel under the name of the member whose status you’d like to change to an administrator, and select “Make Admin”
- A pop-up will appear asking you to repeat the “Make Admin” decision.
If this pop-up doesn’t appear, simply repeat the action.
- You will be able to confirm this action worked by checking your member list. The number of admins will have increased by one.
Notice also that if you haven’t yet added a group description, you can click on the “Add a Description” link above “All Members” to fill one in. It’s highly recommended you do so.
- In your “Edit Group Settings” window, all members are, by default, given some administrative privilege: That is, they can add members without admin approval… even for “Secret” groups. If you would prefer to have yourself or another administrator approve new members, change this default setting by simply changing clicking the alternate radio button within your “Edit Group Settings” window
Step 4. Adding New Members
Nothing could be easier than adding new members.
- From within the group page, click on the wheel beside “Notifications” and select “Add New Members”, then type their name into the popup that will appear.
You can also do this from within your group “About” tab.
When you add someone to a group, they will receive a notification straight away. In addition, Facebook will post they were added to your group, so you might want to consult them first, if you’re not already responding to a membership request directly from them.
Step 5. Using Your Group Power
Now it’s time to start posting and sharing. Not only can you share posts, but you can also:
- Run polls
- Share private documents and photos
- Track who has seen group posts
- Follow specific posts, if it is a topic you are especially interested in or concerned about
To share private documents or photos:
- Simply click on the “Files” or “Photo” tabs in your horizontal group menu, within your group. Within “Files” button selection allows you to choose whether or not you want to:
- Directly create your document
- Upload a formatted document or .PDF file
If you choose “Create Doc”, you will be able to include basic formatting within your creation window. You will be able to edit your document afterwards.
Note that you and other members and admins can upload documents directly from a computer – or from Dropbox.
Facebook Groups Looking Ahead
In the final post in this series we will discuss some tips including setting guidelines and how long they should be. So join us in the final post or Facebook groups.