Groups can have different Facebook privacy settings according to who you want to share them with. Co-workers having a 'watercooler moment' would do best to have a non-public group so they can chat amongst themselves but not display their thoughts to everyone they know. Others might want a support group for a difficult time, or it could be a space to chat about the next novel in your book club.
How To Create a Facebook Group
Log into Facebook on a computer and from your homepage look at the list of Groups on the left-hand side. Click on "Create Group" (you may need to click on "more" first) and you'll get this pop-up:
Open means that whatever is posted in the group can be seen by people who are not members. Someone who wants to know if the group is right for them might want to read a few posts and comments before joining so this works best for public discussions. New members can add themselves to the Group without needing approval. The members list is also public.
Closed means only members of the group can see the posts. Many prefer this, not because they have anything to hide, but it keeps what happens in the group there and there alone so your other FB friends outside of the group won't see your posts and comments listed in their FB ticker. The group can be found by searching on FB and then approval is needed to join. Anyone can search for, and find, the group, and the list of members is also public.
Secret means the group can't be found in search so no-one will find it unless they are invited. None of the comments or posts will appear in your FB friends' ticker either, nor is the list of members available. This works well if it's a group for planning a big event that needs to be a surprise to some of your FB friends. It also works well if you have a specialist interest that you don't want all of your FB friends to know about.
After choosing a name and the privacy level for the group (note, this can be changed later) click on "Create" and you'll be taken to the group. It's good to add more information for members about the group so click on the settings icon at the top right (it looks like a cog) and choose "Edit Group Settings". Add a short description so everyone knows what the group is about and upload an appropriate photo too.
From here you can invite more FB friends to join and can share the link to the group on your personal timeline, if appropriate. I've found Facebook Groups are good for local news and community sharing, as well as professional networking. Do let us know how you get on with Facebook Groups.
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