Facebook Create Group
Facebook Groups make it easy to connect with specific sets of people, like family, teammates or coworkers. Groups are dedicated spaces where you can share updates, photos or documents and message other group members. You can also select one of three privacy options for each group you create.
Have you joined many Facebook Groups? Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of people don’t know how to create a Facebook Group. So I thought I’d give everyone a basic tutorial on how to get one started - along with some tips & tricks.
How do I Create a Facebook Group?
To create a group:
- From your home page, go to the Groups section on the left side menu and click Create Group.
- Click + Create New Group at the top of the page. A window will appear, where you’ll be able to add a group name, add members and select the privacy settings for your group.
- Click Create when you’re done.
You’ll be taken to a page that displays the option to create a group as well as showing you some suggested groups to join. To begin the process of creating a group click "Create New Group".
Name Your Group - make sure the name is distinct and simple, if it is too complicated, no one will ever find it and your membership in the group will be limited.
Invite your friends by selecting them from your current friend list or typing their name into the box that is provided.
Choose Privacy Setting - you’ll now need to decide what privacy setting you want your group to have. This is probably the most important choice you’ll make while creating your group - as their are some limits to changing down the road.
If you have fewer than 250 members you’ll be able to change the settings as you see fit. But as soon as your groups grows to over 250 members, you can only change an Open group to Closed or Secret - and a Closed group to Secret. You won’t be able to change the privacy again after this.
There can be confusion about what privacy setting a group should have - Open, Closed or Secret. It’s fairly self explanatory as seen above - but here’s another great graphic from Facebook to break it down:
Once the group is created, you’ll be taken to the group. To get started, click at the top right of the group and select Edit Group Settings. From here you can add a group description, tags, set a group email address and add a group picture.
Pages vs Groups
Pages allow real organizations, businesses, celebrities and brands to communicate broadly with people who like them. Pages may only be created and managed by official representatives. Groups provide a space for people to communicate about shared interests. Groups can be created by anyone.
Other differences include:
- Privacy: Page information and posts are public and generally available to everyone on Facebook.
- Audience: Anyone can like a Page to connect with it and get News Feed updates. There is no limit to how many people can like a Page.
- Communication: People who help manage a Page can publish posts as the Page. Page posts can appear in the News Feeds of people who like the Page. Page owners can also create customized apps for their Page and check Page Insights to track the Page’s growth and activity.
- Privacy: In addition to a public setting, more privacy settings are available for groups. In secret and closed groups, posts are only visible to group members.
- Audience: You can adjust group privacy to require members to be approved or added by admins. When a group reaches a certain size, some features are limited. The most useful groups tend to be the ones you create with small groups of people you know.
- Communication: In groups, members receive notifications by default when any member posts in the group. Group members can participate in chats, upload photos to shared albums, collaborate on group docs and invite members who are friends to group events.
Depending on your needs, you can create a Page or create a Group.