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Facebook: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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Chapter 6. Participating in Groups

One of Facebook’s most popular features is Groups—collections of people who share interests. Some Groups exist only online, but some real-world groups use Facebook to keep in touch. If you want to find other folks who share a passion for just about anything from Abraham Lincoln to shoe shopping, Facebook can help. And if it turns out you can’t find a Group devoted to something you love, you can always create one. This chapter shows you how to find, join, and participate in Groups—and how to start your own.

What’s a Group?

A Facebook Group is a handful (or more) of members who share a passion: knitting, parenting, coding Facebook applications, collecting Beanie Babies, whatever. Groups help people share information, tips, and advice. And they’re not just virtual: Lots of groups that meet in person use Facebook Groups to keep in touch between meetings.

Tip

Group-related events make it super easy for Facebook members to organize face-to-face meetings; see Chapter 7 for details.

Whoever starts a Group gets to decide who can join it. Some Groups let anyone join; some let all Facebook members apply, but then choose who can join; and some Groups hide their activities from everyone but Group members. Once you’re a member of a Group, you get to do things like post messages and pictures on the Group’s bulletin board, create and attend Group-related events, and more.

Note

Technically, Groups is a Facebook application (Facebook Applications: An Overview), so it’s ...

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