Last time out, Facebook empowered group admins with questionnaires to enable them to screen prospective members. That feature gave them [group admins] the power to add new members by establishing up to three questions for them [new members] to answer. This time around, the social media giant has rolled out new features to further empower group admins so that they can grow and manage their communities with ease.
Here’s a look at the tools and how they can be used by the admins to better manage their communities:
Making new members comfortable, especially when they just joined a new group can go a long way to help them settle in and easily become familiar with other people. To this end, Facebook is adding a new feature called “Welcome Posts.” This tool according to the social media behemoth, will help group admins introduce new members to the group by writing “a welcome post that will automatically tag new joiners.”
Facebook has now expanded the Group Insight tool to include helpful personalized tips, such as scheduling posts at times when members are most engaged. Members come online at different times and when it’s convenient for them. When posts are scheduled at a time a member is likely to read them, it helps admins to get their messages across.
Turn Off Member’s ability to Post Comment:
One of the most daunting tasks group admins face when trying to manage their communities is getting some members to keep to rules. This will no longer be the case as group admins have now been better equipped to deal with the situation. They [admins] now have the tool they need to temporarily turn off members’ ability to post comments and posts. They will also be able to remove any erring member that violates their community’s rules from multiple groups they manage in a single click.
Members too are not left out—Facebook has added a couple of new features to make things run smoothly:
Members can now easily identify their admins by badges that have just been added by the social media behemoth. However, badges are not just for admins—members and moderators too can now be identified by these new tool.
A new feature called “Member Profiles” have been added so that anyone who clicks on another person’s name can be directed to his specific profile. This will be based on publicly-available information such as things they may share in common and a feed of the user’s activity in the group.
Facebook has pledged that more changes will come in the months ahead—and this of course will further strengthen Groups. The most important thing is building relationships through some of these tools. Is Facebook making any progress with groups? The answer to that could be yes for some while some may want to slightly disagree; but I think things have progressed.