Why Use Facebook Groups?
One of the big problems with Facebook and other social networks is that you pretty much share everything with everyone. (A social network is all about sharing stuff publicly, after all.) That’s fine for some folks, but others like to live their online life in a bit more compartmentalized fashion.
For example, you might make one post with photos from the latest family gathering, another post talking about the wild party you attended over the weekend, and a third post commenting on some work-related issue. Do your party buds care about your family gathering? Does your family care about that inside issue at work? And do you really want your work colleagues – and your boss – discovering intimate details about what you do in your spare time?
Before the advent of new Facebook Groups, it was difficult if not impossible to segregate what you shared with which people. Everything you posted was visible to pretty much everybody on your entire Friends list. Even if you tinkered with Facebook’s privacy settings, all you did was block some people from seeing some things; you couldn’t route different posts to different people.
That all changes with the new Facebook Groups. You can now organize your Facebook Friends into different Groups, and send posts only to members of a given Group. This makes it easy to share certain things with certain people only, without exposing them to all your online Friends.
For example, you can create one Group for family members, another for work colleagues, and a third for casual friends. This solves the problem of sharing family information, work information, and the things you do for fun.
You can also create a Group for your son’s soccer team or your daughter’s ballet class. You can create a Group for your book club, church group, or community group. You can even create Groups for collaborative projects, such as for a class or business project.
Facebook Groups let you post messages that are visible only to Group -members. You can also send email messages to the entire Group, or chat with Group members in real time. You can even post photos and videos to the Group, or share other documents with Group members.