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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Facebook® by Joe Kraynak, Mikal E. Belicove

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A Group Is a Group Is a Group …

Facebook groups are like gatherings around the water cooler, where you can wander away from your News Feed and Wall to enter discussions and share with friends and nonfriends alike in a more theme-oriented environment. On Facebook, you can create or join three types of groups.
Open: Open groups allow Facebook members—friends and nonfriends alike—to share common interests and passions. They’re great for promoting a political candidate, organizing a movement, or even networking with people in a particular field.
Closed: Exclusive areas where only selected Facebook friends hang out. For example, you can create a group for the South Vernon High School class of 1998 and allow only members of that class to join. ...

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