As part of its commitment to help Group admins create and manage “meaningful communities,” Facebook announced several updates to groups.
At its Communities Summit in Menlo Park last week, Facebook announced several new features to help admins better invest their time, engage members, and manage their groups.
The first feature announced, is a new post formatting tool that allows admins to create richer and better-structured posts with the use of larger text, block quotes and bulleted lists. This will be a welcome feature for many admins!
Next, is the mentorship feature – which is not new, but Facebook is now making it available to all groups. As we reported previously, the feature allowed users in some select groups to get matched with a mentor for professional or personal development. Up until now, only Groups within patenting, professional development, and personal development categories could qualify.
Over the next few months, the feature will be rolling out in groups in North and South America.
Facebook is also bringing its paid group subscriptions feature to more groups. It too was only available to a limited number of groups that Facebook decided to partner with since it was launched in the summer of 2018.
Further to the above, Facebook is bringing three new features for admins to manage members and conduct in their groups. Firstly, it’s making it easier for admins to inform group members if and how their posts violated a group rule. Secondly, Facebook is letting admins search through member activity by date (and more importantly date range). Thirdly, it’s letting admins also search through membership requests by a user’s name as well.
Finally, Facebook announced the launch of a pilot program that “lets groups and brands collaborate.”
Groups have now become an important part of the Facebook experience for over 1.4 billion users – despite Facebook considering only around 200 million of them to be “meaningful” – so it’s no surprise that the company is constantly working on new ways to help admins better invest their time and energy to build and maintain their communities.