Facebook Etiquette Concerning Groups
Recently Facebook made some changes that effect groups, making them more interactive. I believe they made this change for the purposes of having people become more active. Before, you could join a group and basically ignore the group. Many groups are just made for entertainment, barely making any changes or offering new statues.
Now, the groups are listed on the left hand of the screen and they make themselves known through constant notifications. You have to physically go into the group and change your settings in order for the group notifications to cease or, you can just leave the group. You can also start a group and add people from your friend list.
There is something nice about being invited into a group that your friend created. It shows that the person was thinking about you, even if it was only for a few clicks. Depending on the group, you may happen to really enjoy the interaction that goes on but, what happens when a friend adds you to a group you do not like and you did not ask to join?
If this should happen to you, make sure that you immediately go in and leave the group. You can send a quick message to the person and let them know you are flattered they asked but, you simply do not have time for more groups. Be polite but firm. Let them know you do not want to be added to any other groups, unless they ask you. You could say something like, “If you are opening up a new group, you can certainly ask me if I would like to join. Maybe by then I will have some more time but, just give me a heads up, okay?”
Do not be offended because Facebook is a place that is geared for socializing. If you do not want to be social, then you probably should not be on Facebook.
Should you add people to your group?
If you start a group, it is proper etiquette to send out an individual (not group), message to the people you would like to join. Let them know what the group is and that you want to add them. Wait for their approval. After you have received an approval from your friend, be sure to instruct them to change their settings after you have officially added them (they will receive a notification). You may even ask if they are on their phone. If they are, let them know you will add them when they are in front of their computer. Some people have problems changing their settings on certain phone applications, or they simply do not know how.
Groups are a fun way to interact and exchange thoughts with your friends. You can have open groups, closed groups, or secret groups. If you would like to begin a group, you should decide what kind of group you would like to start and what topic you would like to engage in. With so many different options, you can have a lot of fun but, please remember to be courteous. Many things we do on the internet do not come across the same as we intend. It is important that you try to communicate with people effectively and this might require a few follow up messages.
DO NOT be offended if someone adds you to their group. It is a compliment.
DO respond to the group add with a courteous message letting them know you are flattered but would like to be warned ahead of time.
DO NOT add people to your group that you have not asked.
DO send out messages to people you want to add and wait for a response.
DO NOT harass anyone over a group add or someone not wanting to join your group. Life is too short.
DO enjoy Facebook and participate in groups that interest you when you can.