Facebook Groups, one of the underestimated and sometimes
forgotten features of the platform now holds extreme importance to the company
as it works towards building a cohesive community. Thus, the social networking
giant is planning to give the Groups their very own moment in the limelight.
As confirmed by Facebook, the company has started testing
the addition of a completely new ‘Groups’ tab to its core smartphone app on iOS
devices. This new tab appears in the bottom navigation bar, towards the left of
the settings menu, alongside the Earth-shaped notification icon, main news
feed, friend request and other tabs. The said change has not been observed on
Android devices as of yet.
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Now, tapping into the ‘Groups’ section of the app opens
up several new possibilities of Groups for you to join and participate in a
cohort of discussions. The said tab is further divided into three sections —
Groups, Discover and Create. The first option displays your favorite and
recently visited groups, the Discover section enables you to join new Groups
based on different categories like — funny, food, sports and others, and the
final option now allows you to become an admin and help others in need. Talking
on the same, a Facebook spokesperson said:
This is a test to help people more easily navigate
Facebook and find what is interesting to them.
In his lengthy manifesto released a couple months ago,
CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of community building as the next
step in his mission to connect people from across the globe. Facebook has
managed to bring together close to 2 billion users and now wants to tap into
the said user base to make something meaningful out of its platform. Thus, the
Groups can play a major role in the upliftment of the community, where we can
help each other out.
With regards to the same, Facebook has decided to invite
Group members from across the globe to attend their first Communities Summit
later this month. This will give admins a chance to meet other Group leaders,
while also learning about new tools (like the recently debuted screening
process) that’ll help them further the involvement of users and their approach
to the group. Stay tuned for more updates related to Groups as Facebook will
continue to build upon the same.