Facebook organizes Communities Summits each year, bringing together group administrators who share their tips on how to improve Facebook groups. This year’s meeting discussed formatting options for posts, collaborating on groups and pages, improving administrative tools and introducing subscriptions. Facebook’s goal is to help administrators with group management and to better motivate group members to interact.
Facebook will dedicate two years in developing tools for groups. Its goal is to increase communication among users and promote the growth of group communities. With Facebook groups becoming more popular, new features are coming out to provide opportunities for monetisation.
Facebook will gradually start rolling out the new group changes in the coming months.
1. Post formatting
The first new feature is the introduction of some formatting features that will be useful for writing posts in groups. Administrators will then be able to use bullets and numbered lists, choose font size and use block quotes. The goal is to allow group administrators to publish announcements and updates in a format that is more engaging.
2. Linking pages and groups
Some other great news is that Facebook pages will also be able to become members of groups. Until now, only standard profiles, not pages, could be added as members. You will soon be able to write posts on behalf of your Facebook page.
3. Better group management
Administrators will be able to show members of a group which rules they have violated. This feature will give users a better insight into why the admin did not share their posts with the group.
Facebook has also introduced the option to mute users in groups. Administrators may disable posting for a member from 12 hours – 7 days if they think the member violated a group policy. The user then sees the reason why their posts have been blocked.
4. Mentoring and paid group membership
Facebook is also extending its Mentorship feature to all groups. Users will be able to associate with other members with similar interests, fields or specializations and to learn from each other.
Another new feature is the introduction of paid group membership.