Groups on Facebook seem to be used in two entirely different ways. First, groups are used to organize around a real-life interest or group, and members of these groups visit the pages to find out new information about its happenings. On the other hand, groups can be great just to declare an affiliation, such as my obsession with Thin Mints. As we grow and develop groups into more usable features, we don't want to lose the many "Just For Fun—Facebook Classic" groups. Thus we're trying to make ways to allow you to keep both, but keep their... purposes separate. Here are two recent features we've added that may help:
- Group update information on the My Groups page. These summaries of information can help you keep track of active groups where you may want to participate. Check out the My Groups page to see how many Wall posts, board topics, member changes, and profile updates have happened recently.
- Group admins can create related events directly from group profile pages. This makes the group the host of the event and allows the admin to invite all group members to the event automatically. When events are created, the summary (see above) will show 'Events' as being updated. This allows you to see new events for groups without having to visit every page or weed through the various Thin Mints groups (they tend to not host events).
We're working hard to extend groups to make them what you want. So, if you have an idea of something to add to groups or a way to show your devotions better, let us know. We'll be happy to listen.
Joel, a Facebook engineer, actually prefers Tagalongs, but couldn't find a group in support of them.