At its Facebook Communities Summit Europe last week, Facebook announced several new tools for group admins and group members.
Facebook wants to support community-building as much as possible on its platform, and one of the ways it’s doing this is by creating new resources and tools for the admins running groups, to help them keep their communities safe, organised, and engaged. And what better place to announce the new tools than its Community Summit in London, where Facebook Group admins from all over Europe converged to connect with each other and Facebook’s top brass.
The new tools available to Group admins and members are:
1. Admin tools: Member requests, Group Insights, and other settings are all grouped together in one place now, which makes it easier to manage groups. This change also frees up more time for admins to connect with their group members.
2. Group announcements: Group admins can now post up to 10 announcements appearing right at the top of their group. This helps when they want to share updates for all to see.
3. Group rules: Group admins can now create a rules section for their groups in order to communicate their group rules more effectively, for old or new members.
4. Personalization: All communities have their own identities. That’s why admins can now personalise the colour that appears throughout their group.
Apart from the new tools, Facebook also announced its Community Leadership Program, “a global initiative that invests in people building communities.” The company has pledged that it will spend “tens of millions of dollars” on the program, including up to $10 million in grants for people who create and lead communities on its platform.
Finally, Facebook said that it will be expanding its London-based engineering team that builds the tech responsible for keeping people safe on the platform.