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How to Create Your Own Group on Facebook

How to Create Your Own Group on Facebook

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Facebook groups are great for gathering former classmates; sharing information among family members; meeting people who share similar goals, values, or interests; facilitating communication among members of an organization—they are limited not by your imagination! Facebook groups are easy to create, and you don’t even have to be Facebook friends to do it. In this guide, we show you how to form your own groups.

Understanding Groups

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 the following three types of groups:

Creating Your Own Group

If you think all the existing groups on Facebook are lame-o, create your own group. It’s easy; follow these steps:

  1. From your Home page, click Create Group … (in the left menu). The Create Group dialog box appears.
  2. Type a name for the group.
  3. Click in the Members box, start typing the name of a friend to add to the group, and when you see the name you want, click it. Continue to type and click to add more names.
  4. Click the button next to Privacy, and choose the type of group you want to create: Open, Closed, or Secret.
  5. Click Create. Facebook creates the group.

When you’re done creating the group, head to the group’s Home page, click Add a profile picture, and then upload a photo or snap a photo using your webcam. It’s always nice to have a photo for your group.

From the group’s Home page, you can change the group’s settings by clicking Edit Group (in the right column). To change information you entered about the group, click Basic Information and edit the information as desired. You can change the group name, its privacy setting, and whether only administrators can approve requests to join; set up group email; or add a description of the group, which is always a good idea.

Edit your group settings.

Edit your group settings.

Creating a Group E-Mail Address

A group email address enables anyone in the group to send an email message to the address so Facebook distributes it to all group members. The email address will be something@groups.facebook.com, and you’ll supply the “something.” You can’t change it, so think of something good.

To create a group email address, go to your Home page and click the name of the group (in the left menu). Click Edit Group (right column), and then click the Set Up Group Email button. Type the beginning of the email address (no spaces), such as group-name@groups.facebook.com, and then click Create Email.

Create a group email address.

Create a group email address.

Adding Friends to the Group

Although you probably added friends to the group when you first created it, you can add more friends at any time. Head to the group’s page by clicking its name in the left menu on your Home page. Then, click Add Friends to Group in the column on the right. The Add Friends to Group dialog box appears. Start typing the name of a friend, and when you see the name you want, click it. Continue to type and click to add more names. When you’re ready to add the specified friends, click the Add button.

Making Someone Else an Administrator

When you create a group, you become its administrator. Only you have the power to edit the group and add people to and remove them from the group. If you’d like to share your administrator duties, you can make other group members administrators. Here’s how:

  1. On your Home page, click the name of the group (left menu).
  2. At the top of the Members list (right column), click See All. Facebook displays all of the group’s members.
  3. Click Make Admin next to the name/photo of the person to whom you want to grant administrator privileges.

Just above the Members list is a View Admins link you can click to view only group members who have administrator status. Next to each administrator’s name/photo is a Remove Admin link you can click to revoke the person’s privileges, if necessary. Only administrators can view and remove administrators.

Removing Group Members

To kick someone out of the group, first pull up the member list. From your Home page, on the left menu, click the name of the group in which the person is a member. Above the Members list (on the right), click See All. Click the X next to the name/photo of the member you want to eject. The Remove box appears prompting you to confirm the removal. To ban the member permanently from the group, click Ban Permanently. When you’re ready to do the deed, click Confirm.

Now that you know how to make a Facebook group, it’s time to get out there and start connecting with your communities! Have fun!

From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Facebook, Third Edition, by Mikal E. Belicove and Joe Kraynak