Facebook Groups and Facebook Pages:
Facebook has rolled out a new Groups design. “Bookmen DC” is currently an "old" group on Facebook. Right now "old" groups can't be converted into a "new" group. More info is available at the link http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=1193 . The new groups feature seems to be tailored to those people with hundreds of facebook friends, who want more control over their interaction with sub-groups of their friends (e.g., “real” friends and family members). I think Facebook is trying to become the new Google. Facebook seems to be in constant flux with regard to features and functionality, so I suspect that they will be adjusting the groups features as they get feedback about the feature of “new groups”. I have already submitted a few suggestions. Over the past few months, the privacy settings for Facebook have become more robust and easier to use.
I have created a test “new group” (“BookmenDC” [no space between “Bookmen” and “DC”]) and have been tinkering with the features of the new Facebook Groups:
· New groups only allows invites to people who have been “friended”. Old groups allows invites to all other facebook members using email accounts.
· New groups does not allow more than one “admin” per group.
· New groups allows documents posting and sharing using a shared notepad.
· New groups does not have discussion topics boards.
· New groups allows online group chats with other group members.
· New groups allows a group email address (BookmenDC@groups.facebook.com for my test group)
Facebook Pages is only an option for more formal organizations than ours http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=904 .
Bookmen DC Events on Facebook:
We have been experimenting with Facebook as an online venue for Bookmen DC. I have posted our group’s upcoming meetings as “public” events. This will allow non-group members to see the details of the meetings on Facebook and perhaps attract some new members to our meetings.