Who among you guys are members of a Facebook group? What kind of group do you belong to? Mine are blogging, parenting, financial, cooking and work -at-home groups since they are my interests. Facebook has gone beyond updating your friends about where you are and how you feel. As I have mentioned on my previous post, one thing that I like about this blue F logo is being part of informative online communities. If you are planning to join a particular group or a member already, here is a guide for you. Just like in real life, we have to be responsible netizens for a more harmonious online world.
1. Read Pinned Post for house rules
Rules are important. Remember what Winston said to John in John Wick 2? Without rules, we live with the animals. (okay, I just wanted to emphasize that I love John Wick) You may find them in Pinned Post (see photo above) Read and understand what’s written in there, do not violate any of them. Some groups have a warning system for those who do not follow, while the others will auto-kick/ban you. The admins’ names are in the rules as well, just in case you need to reach out to them.
2. Share your thoughts
Once upon a time, I was admin of a moms group and I know there are people who are not active in threads and prefer to be “silent readers”. While you can’t be forced by anyone to interact with others, it would not hurt to share your insights and knowledge if someone really needs it and you know you can help. If you are shy to make a comment on the post itself, you may directly send a message to the person involved. Who knows, you might even find a new online friend. Speaking of online friend, if you have read my Light post, you know what I am talking about. Keeping my circle small and talking to like-minded people give me peace.
3. Modify your group notification settings
I find this one really helpful, since I do not want my Facebook wall to be flooded by all kinds of photos, videos, and stories (some need not to be known by “public” like marital issues and disturbing pictures) I have a few selected groups which I prefer to be notified every time someone posts. I did this to two blogging and work at home groups so that I will not miss a blogging or writing opportunity and new tips.You may choose whenever you want to get a notification for a certain group for a “cleaner” wall. To do this, click the “Joined” function on the left hand corner of the screen then choose Edit Notification Setting (see sample below)
You will then be directed to your options:
There is also an Unfollow choice which means, you remain as a member but you will not see the group posts on your wall. This is what I did to my buy and sell groups to fight temptation in buying new stuff.
And oh, if you find a post that’s gruesome or something that should not be posted at all, you may report it to the admins of the group or directly to Facebook so they can review and delete if needed. Click the down arrow of the post then choose Report Post (Facebook) or Report to Admins. Sample photos:
4. Use the “search” function
If you have a question or would like to know if there’s already a thread about a topic you have in mind, search function is your friend. Just type in the keywords of your inquiry and you will get the answers you are looking for (if it has been discussed in the group before) It is easier and saves you a lot of time from waiting for someone to respond to your question.
5. Give chance to others
Unless it’s a selling group that allows you to post with no limits, make sure that you do not flood the group’s wall. That’s why tip #4 is included in this list. Sometimes, there are valid inquiries and helpful threads in the group that go unnoticed due to other active members’ unlimited post.
Being a Facebook group member has its good and bad sides, depending on how the member utilizes the group. You can get bombarded with a lot of information, that’s why it is imperative that you do your own research. Also, before you buy something that’s “in” according to the members, ask yourself if you really need it. If you feel like the community you belong to gives you stress for some reason, most of the members and even admins you had an interaction with are not nice, or is not going to help you grow, it is absolutely okay to just leave in silence. There’s a lot out there and you will find the right one for you. Been there, done that 🙂 I hope you learned something from my post. Cheers to a better Facebook community!